CVC Word Cards ~ Short A


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I am teaching two young children who are using All About Reading Level 1 right now. We are working on reading CVC words and they practice at home a lot in addition to their time with me. I created these cards for them to use independently since they are self-correcting with a photo on the back!

All About Reading Level 1 moves quickly but it isn’t meant to do at a particular speed. The lessons introduce the sounds and words, but many kids need additional practice before moving on to the next lesson. I am creating resources for them to use and will be sharing them here also, so be sure to follow along! These cards are just the beginning!

For this set, I chose words that they are working on in their reading curriculum as well as additional short a words. There are tons of printables online featuring cute clipart so I chose to use photographs, which is always my preference if possible, The following CVC words are included in our short A set:

Preparation Instructions:

Print the whole page, cut apart on dotted edges around the image and the word. Fold in half on the solid gray line. Laminate after folding. If you aren’t laminating, use tape to seal the card shut.

This allows the child to practice reading the words and immediately self-correct by flipping the card over to see the image!


As my students learn specific sounds and words in the reading curriculum, I add to their stack of words to practice. We don’t practice all at once, the goal at a young age is to create a love of learning and a love of learning to read! Keeping review simple and short is key to not overwhelming a young child who is learning to read. Yes, they need lots of practice, but keeping the joy in learning is also an important part. The self-correcting aspect of these word cards provides confidence as the child can quickly self-correct.


Here is a short video clip showing the cards in action:


Want the Bundle?

I have prepared a bundle with all of the word cards for each vowel in my shop and also added it to the PreK/K @ Home Ultimate member section! If you are already a member, go grab it! If you aren’t, see info here!

You can purchase the bundle here in my shop individually also.


I will also be sharing individual sets for free on our new All CVC Words webpage!


You’ll find the free SHORT A set there now!

Letter P Printables, Books, & More

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this new adventure here. One of the ways I plan to share with the parents of the kids I am teaching is through the use of Google Slides. I am creating slides to show what we are using so they can see and also so they can easily share with friends. In addition to sharing with them, I will be sharing with you!


Looking for previous letter posts?

Letter P Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER P here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter P unit! I decided to use Google Slides so I can update them easily in the future if needed! Click here or on the image below to see all of the activities we used, our lesson plans, and links to everything!


Letter P Books

I am also creating book collections for each letter so I remember to pull out certain books each week! Planning like this in advance really helps me remember all of my ideas! As I get older, the ideas vanish at times!

Here is a link to our Letter P Books! I will be using books we own as well as books from the library when able.



Why are we doing a letter-of-the-week approach?

Honestly, to keep my brain in order. Going from A to Z and focusing on a letter at a time helps me stay organized. Now, we won’t ONLY be focusing on that letter. This is just a simple way to have fun with letters and sounds through printable activities, hands-on items, and books!

What grade/age is this appropriate for?

I am not big on labeling kids between the ages of 3-6 because they are all so different! Tot School, Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have what I call “blurry lines” and a child doesn’t always fit into a specific grade. The plans I am sharing are appropriate for kids who are learning letters, and basic early childhood skills {rhyming, opposites, basic K math skills, colors, shapes, patterns, etc.}. When you follow along with us, you’ll see how I am working with my students at their own pace, rather than identifying a specific grade level. It is a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarten and will progress as needed. Much of what I create is labeled “Kindergarten” but is appropriate for many younger and even older kids. Use our assessment to guide your choices. Feel free to adjust and choose activities based on where YOUR child is at rather than what GRADE they should be in! That’s the beauty of homeschool!

Will we use the same activities each week, for each letter?

No! If I find my students don’t like a particular activity, I will probably choose something else {unless it is something I feel is absolutely necessary}. There are SO many options, many I have created myself, but they don’t need to do every single letter P printable out there. That’s silly. I will choose several based on what I think they will enjoy and will meet them at their level. It may change from week to week and you’ll be able to see what we use in our Google Slides for each letter, which I plan to post about as we move along!

Is this all we are doing?

No! Our themes will be based on our Kindergarten Literature Units.  We will also be doing a few other things, which you can see in the Google Slides! In addition to sharing our plans {like this post}, I am also writing posts after each week is complete. Stay tuned for Letter P in action!