As spellers one of the hardest things for first graders is to hear the vowel sounds in words. To address that we spent a couple of weeks listening to vowel sounds in words. We began with 'a' and listened to find short 'a' and long 'a' sounds. We continued with 'e', 'i', 'o', and 'u'.
After listening carefully to the vowels in words and sorting lots of words, we went back to each letter to see what we noticed. One important thing that came up was that every word has vowels.