How to Teach Irregular Vowel Sounds

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To teach irregular vowel sounds, think of several words with the vowel sound, teach the words as sight words, and create a word bank with irregular vowel sounds. Have students work on irregular vowels repeatedly with ideas from a writing instructor and former classroom teacher in this free video on vowels.

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Hi, I'm Laura from and I'm going to talk about how to teach irregular vowel sounds. If you're teaching phonics for a class of younger children, they are probably learning the typical vowel sounds for each of the vowels, and when encounter a word that has an irregular vowel sound, treat that word as a sight word, and you can also create a word bank. Now a word bank might be a chart on your wall, it could be on a notebook that you keep, some way for you and your class to being to create a library, for example, of words that are different. So, add the word with the irregular vowel sound into your word bank, and then try to think of other words that have the similar irregular vowel sound, and that way you can begin to recognize, maybe think of many example of words where this irregular vowel sound is used, and this will give you a chance to discuss some of the unexpected nature of the English language, and give your students some practice in dealing with it. The best way to practice sight words is to have students repeatedly work on them either with flash cards or re-reading your word bank or word wall. So, those are some ideas about how to teach irregular vowel sounds.


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