ar Controlled Vowel Phonics Activities

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Hey there, fellow educators! Teaching phonics might feel like a rollercoaster ride at times, but it’s all part of the adventure in helping our little learners crack the code of reading. Today, we’re zooming in on one tricky customer in the phonics world – the “AR” sound and we have some amazing ar Controlled Vowel Phonics Activities for you! So grab your teaching hats and let’s dive into the world of bossy R, quirky “AR” words, and those oh-so-familiar problems that students often face.

The “AR” Sound and Bossy R

Alright, folks, let’s break it down. “AR” is an R-controlled vowel, and it’s kinda like ‘R’ telling the other vowels, “I’m in charge here.” It changes the vowel’s sound right before it, and that’s where the magic (and sometimes the confusion) happens.

You’ve got “car,” “star,” and “far” – these are the ‘AR’ gang. When you’re teaching this sound, don’t forget to introduce the idea of “bossy R.” Kids love a little drama, so let ’em know that ‘R’ is like the bossy friend who likes to take control and make vowels sound its way.

Related Post: Need To Know Teaching Tips For Teaching R-controlled vowels

Common Problems with the “AR” Sound

Now, let’s chat about the hurdles kids often face with “AR” sounds and how we can help them clear those bumps in the phonics road.

Pronunciation Puzzle:

  • So, kiddos might trip up on pronouncing “AR” correctly, sometimes sounding like they’re saying “er” or “or.”
  • What you can do: Get them to practice the tongue-curling-back trick. Show them tongue diagrams (yep, we’re getting technical) to help them get it just right.

Spelling Slip-ups:

  • Mixing up “AR” words with different vowel sounds can be a real head-scratcher.
  • What you can do: Whip up some word lists and flashcards for those “AR” words. Regular spelling drills will help them nail it.

Blending Blues:

  • Blending “AR” with other consonants to form full words can be like solving a puzzle for some.
  • What you can do: Use word families that feature “AR” words. Think “car,” “bar,” “tar” – they make the learning experience feel like a game.

“R” Controlled Vowels Word Lists

Click to see a list of the words in each “R” Controlled Vowel family.

“AR” Word List
arm, art, bark, barn, car, card, cart, chart, far, farm, garden, harp, jar, park, scarf, star, hark, yard, yarn.
“ER” Word List
fern, flower, gerbil, germ, hammer, her, herb, herd, ladder, letter, merge, mermaid, perch, perfume, tiver, serve, spider, water.
“IR” Word ist
bird, birthday, chirp, circle, dirt, fir, first, girl, shirt, skirt, squirrel, squirt, stir, swirl, third, thirteen, twirl.
“OR” Word List
acorn, coral, cord, cork, corn, fork, horn, horse, morning, north, orca, sports, stork, storm, sword, thorn, torn.
“UR” Word List
burger, burn, burst, curl, curtain, fur, hurt, lemur, nurse, purple, purse, Saturn, surf, turkey, turn, turnip, turtle, yoghurt.

Teaching Strategies for “AR” Mastery

Alright, now that we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of the problem, let’s dive into some strategies to help our young champs conquer the “AR” sound:

  1. Visual Aids: Show ’em tongue diagrams and mouth illustrations. Make it visual, so they understand the whole tongue-curling-back concept.
  2. Rhyming Games: Rhyme time is always a hit. Engage them in rhyming games with “AR” words, and you’ll boost their phonemic awareness in no time.
  3. Storytelling: Create stories with lots of “AR” words. Let the kids make up their own tales using these words to keep things fun and engaging.
  4. Word Families: Introduce word families where “AR” is the superstar ending. It’s all about recognizing patterns and applying their knowledge to a bunch of words.
  5. Multisensory Magic: Spice things up with multisensory tricks – think sandpaper letters, tactile manipulatives, or interactive online tools. This way, you cater to different learning styles and keep things interesting.

So there you have it, folks. Teaching “AR” sounds doesn’t have to be all serious business. With the right mix of “bossy R” drama, games, and engaging activities, you’ll have your little learners mastering those tricky “AR” words in no time. Reading and writing just got a little more exciting for your students – and for you, too! Happy teaching!

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