CVC worksheets are the earliest blends of the English language. Targeted for Kindergarten level students who are learning the concept of blending in its simplest form.
What is CVC?
CVC stands for Consonant – Vowel – Consonant.
CVC is the very beginning stages of reading. It allows the students to put their phonemic awareness into full use. CVC words only use basic single sounds, so it avoids any of the tough digraphs sounds that are learnt in later developments of reading.
How can we use CVC worksheets effectively?
This a question I get asked the most as an International Kindergarten teacher. My job is simple, get the students to recognise their single sounds, be able to blend and decode the word while working on their pronunciation.
CVC worksheets are very simplistic but easy to teach ineffectively. Simply reading the word to the student and getting them to repeat after yourself is not enough. Pictures can distract the students, giving a false indication of whether they know what they are reading. I have seen many cases of a student looking at the picture first, then telling their answer.
Lets start off with the key component, reading the word. Follow these instructions carefully.
- Sound out each letter apart in order.
- Say the word after the last letter.
- Get the student to repeat after yourself, with them trying it by themselves after multiple repetitions.
To break it down even more, let us look at the word cat. Break it down. C–A–T, CAT. Repeat it one more time for the student to register the pattern in their brain. C–A–T, CAT. Get the student to repeat the pattern on the third try, if no success, simply keep repeating until they are able.
My student is not getting the concept?
If your student is having difficult blending, do not worry. Putting pressure on a child will only cause them to resist and fear you more. Encourage positive learning. Positive reinforcement is key. Here are some key tips when teaching CVC:
- Teach with rhythm, students will be able to pick up the pattern more effectively.
- Break the word down even more. For example with cat. Start off with just C–A. Add the ‘T’ later on.
- Positivity, positivity, positivity. The smallest achievements mean the world to learners, especially ones in Kindergarten.