Short vowel sounds are generally taught after consonant sounds because they're more difficult to distinguish from one another. Vowel sounds (both short and long) are the building blocks of words. By practicing, understanding, hearing, and speaking vowel sounds properly, young readers not only work on their reading skills, but also build spelling, comprehension, speech skills, too.

Ramp up your early reader's phonics skills with these picture matching printables all about short vowel sounds.