BINGO! (short a sound)

This term, we’re walking through the short vowel sounds with a myriad of different methods. I made these quick bingo cards to reinforce their listening skills. This set has all CVC (three letter consonant, vowel, consonant) words with the short “a” sound. While getting the repetition of the same vowel, we’re working on listening for the first and last letter sounds in a word. To keep things from being too overwhelming, all the words end in “at” or “an”. I’m sure you will know, but bingo is a popular game that can be played for cash and prizes. It has become very common and there are many people playing bingo online across the world. Bingo games are won by matching numbers on a card with ones randomly drawn by a caller. The first person to complete a pattern yells, “bingo.” In my eyes, is is a really fun game and I play it myself all the time on phone casinos, so I knew it would be a great idea to help the kids with their learning.

This BINGO pdf has three bingo cards and one key. You can cover up the words you’ve called on your key to keep track. Sidenote: I realized after the fact that the grid on these cards is 4×5 which should have been 4×4 or 5×5 but since my kids aren’t bingo connoisseurs yet, I’m gonna let it slide. If your kids have never played before, just teach them to watch for filling up an entire row or column and then to shout BINGO! Most kids will accept some bending of the rules when indoor shouting is encouraged.

And we encourage them to help each other out along the way! If one of them finds a word but the other is still searching, they work together until they’ve both found it. One of the things I’m already noticing (and trying to remind myself of!) is that most of these activities are really opportunities for teaching teamwork, putting forth your best effort, and paying close attention. I catch myself expecting some of those things to come naturally, but I’m realizing more and more that a lot of those are learned skills. I’m learning what are realistic expectations for my kids and what expectations are goals to work toward. “Teach the child, not the curriculum.” Wise words, wise words indeed.

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