Monday, April 26, 2021

Mother Vowel Stores - continued

 Following are the rest of my Mother Vowel stories.  Once my students learn a short vowel, I always have them use the hand signal when we do word work.  © Jill Edwards Steeley       I find coupling movement with auditory input strengthens my students' ability to remember the sounds.

Short ĭ Story

          The middle child was Mother Vowel’s daughter, named I.  She did not like to get dirty!  She did not like anything gross or disgusting!

Every time she saw an insect, she made the sign language i sign, pushed the end of her nose up with that pinky, and said, “ĭ-ĭ-ĭ! Icky insect!”  Even the dot on the lower case i reminded her of a squished insect.

Mother Vowel knew ĭ had to be the short name for I.


Short ŏ Story

          O was Mother Vowel’s next older daughter.  She loved to sing.  She especially loved opera music.  She went around the house singing opera songs with her strong voice.  She formed a sign language o around her mouth so everyone could hear her sing better: ♫ ŏ ŏ ŏ-ŏ-ŏ ♫.

          Mother Vowel loved to hear her daughter sing.  She decided ŏ was the perfect short name for her.


Short ŭ Story

          Mother Vowel’s oldest child was named U.  He was the smartest of all her children. But do you know what?  He liked to pretend he was dumb!

          Whenever his mother would ask him a question, he would make the sign language u, scratch his head with it, and say, “ŭ-ŭ-ŭ-ŭ.”  Whenever his teacher would ask him a question, he would answer, ŭ-ŭ-ŭ-ŭ.”  Even though he knew the answer to their questions, he said, ŭ-ŭ-ŭ-ŭ.” 

          Mother Vowel didn’t really like for him to do that, but she knew he was just playing.  She decided that ŭ might as well be U’s short name.


          Now all of Mother Vowel’s children have short names.  A is ă.  E is ĕ.     I is ĭ.  O is ŏ, and U is ŭ.  If you use their hand signals each time you sound out a word, it will help you remember all the short vowel sounds.