Suppose you have taught your child VC (vowel-consonant) and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words using ă and ŏ and the 16 consonants that always sound the same at the onset of words. You have had your child read lists of words with ă and ŏ shuffled. Your child is able to pronounce those words correctly.
Now it is time to move on to ŭ. I recommend teaching ŭ before teaching ĕ and ĭ. In my teaching experience, children recognize the sound associated with ŭ quicker than the sounds of either ĕ and ĭ. Some children do have trouble pronouncing ŭ, but they don’t confuse the sound with either ĕ or ĭ. They can distinguish a difference between ŭ and ĕ / ĭ. Children have a harder time distinguishing between the sounds of ĕ and ĭ. So I recommend teaching ă, ŏ and ŭ in that order.
Some of the commercially available support materials you might use with your child do not sequence the short-vowel words in this order. In that case, I recommend you jump ahead to the ŭ word section and return to the ĕ and ĭ sections later.
Sample ŭ VC and CVC words include:
Sample ŭ VC and CVC words with ă and ŏ in sentences include:
- Judd cut a nut.
- Rudd dug up a bug.
- Tess can run in the mud but not Tom.
- Tom dug a rut.
- Jan can hug a mutt.