Using Flash Cards to Teach Short Vowels

Flash cards are fantastic teaching tools that can help students learn short vowel sounds and other phonics skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers and parents alike can take advantage of the benefits flash cards have to offer and help reinforce skills in short vowel sounds at school or at home.


Flash Cards for Short Vowel Sounds

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Flash cards can help children and adult learners with short vowel sounds. The constant time delay technique is a particularly effective strategy to use with these and any other flash cards that teach skills in other subject areas.


Common Reasons for Difficulty Pronouncing Short Vowel Sounds

Pronouncing short vowel sounds may be difficult for those with learning disabilities for a number of reasons. As a parent or an educator, there are a few things to be on the lookout for:


Learn Why Your Child Is Not Learning

Flash cards are helpful teaching tools for most children. However, if your child struggles with short vowel sounds, it is important to address and improve any underlying problems.

See your pediatrician. Get a physical examination that includes vision and hearing screening. Ask your child's doctor if he or she feels that your child needs testing for frequency hearing loss. If you suspect expressive or receptive language problems, have your child tested by a speech and language pathologist.

Talk with your child's teacher about screening or referral for a full assessment to determine if your child has a learning disability.


Flash Cards May Not Always Help

As previously mentioned, flash cards are great, but they might not help if your child has physical problems. If your child's testing shows vision, hearing, processing or learning problems, be sure to follow through with recommendations provided by your child's doctor, therapist and/or teachers.

If your child is diagnosed with speech or language problems, developmental delays or learning disabilities, continue to work with their school as their program is developed and implemented for special education services.

Make sure your child attends school regularly. If possible, try to avoid making changes in schools or school districts unless it's absolutely necessary. Work with your child's teachers to ensure that any work missed because of absences is promptly made up.

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