If there’s one thing I love about Christmas, it’s the tree! I love all Christmas trees from the lavish fir to the scrawny Charlie Brown trees. What a perfect way to celebrate the season AND better prepare your little tree decorators for early reading and writing. Help kids improve phonetic awareness with the cvc words lists and building mat. One of the best ways for children to explore the relationship between letters and sounds is with word building. This Christmas printable for kindergarteners is a wonderful, hands-on reading activity to really kick off your winter kindergarten literacy centers with a bang!
Your students will love the colorful, Christmas tree-themed pictures and they will gain valuable skills in short vowel sounds and consonants. Get the Christmas tree CVC Word Building Mat for Kindergarten today!
Teaching CVC Words in Kindergarten:
EARLY READING SKILLS
CONSONANT VOWEL CONSONANT PICTURE CARDS ARE IMPORTANT IN EARLY WORD BUILDING. THEY ALLOW KIDS TO CONNECT A VISUAL IMAGE WITH A WRITTEN WORD.
Blending individual sounds helps students create real (and pretend) words. This is a great first step towards reading!.
Building CVC words with letter tiles or other materials gives students an opportunity to use multiple senses and encourage hands-on learning. This is much more fun than just reading off a words list.
I would introduce this activity whole group and practice it together several times. Then it could be used as a center during guided reading. It’s okay to let them explore independently without checking for accuracy every single time. This can be done in small groups or individually.
I made sure to include a ton of CVC picture cards with different word families for students to read. For students that may need a bit of extra support, create smaller sets of word cards. This could include rhyming words, beginning consonants, words with the same vowels, and other spelling patterns.
In addition to practicing short vowels in this activity, students will improve phonological awareness by saying each word and stretching each sound to spell it.
Phonics for Kindergarteners
phonemic awareness skills
DECODING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAN SOMETIMES SEEM IMPOSSIBLE TO EARLY READERS. KINDERGARTENERS WILL GAIN CONFIDENCE AND MOTIVATION WHEN THEY FEEL SUCCESSFUL WITH CVC WORD GAMES.
When kindergarten and 1st grade students break a word into individual sounds, then write the letter that represents each sound, it’s called phoneme (sounds)-grapheme (letters) mapping.
This Christmas tree CVC mat can help students with the following skills:
- Identify the picture and the CVC word’s meaning
- Stretch the word into individual sounds orally
- Identify which letter makes each sound
Why Is Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping Important?
Learning easy words to spell in kindergarten provides basic decoding practice, which will eventually lead to greater automaticity and fluency. Spelling lists with CVC words form a strong foundation for moving on to consonant blends, digraphs, long vowels, and more complex patterns.
Reading Skills Gained From Building Words
Improving Fine Motor Skills
Building with letter tiles and writing with dry erase markers help little hands and fingers practice fine motor skills.
More CVC Word Resources:
Grab these CVC Word activities for fun whole-group activities, small groups and independent beginning reader activities for your kindergarteners!
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning ReadersLearning Resources 3-Letter Word Puzzle Cards, Kindergarten Readniness, Self Correcting Puzzles, Ages 4+, MultiThinkFun Zingo Word Builder Early Reading Game – Award Winning Game for Pre-Readers and Early ReadersWooden Reading Blocks |  Sets of Fun, Educational Spinning Alphabet Manipulative Blocks for Children w/ Easy-Grip Handles | STEM & Montessori Approved Toy for Pre-Kindergarten Boys & Girls GiftTeacher Created Resources Word Shark: Short Vowels Game (7805), MulticolorAIVANT 80 Words Self-Correcting Spelling Puzzle for Three and Four Letter Words with Matching Images,Perfect for Preschool Learning (40 Blocks Double Sided)
How To Use The Christmas Tree Word Building Activity
BUILDING WORDS WITH KINDERGARTENERS
All you need to do is print one word building mat for each student onto white card stock and laminate them.
Print, cut, and laminate the present picture cards.
Children will draw a card and name it.
Then, they can place it in the box at the top of the word building mat.
Next, you have two choices. If you want students to use manipulatives for each sound, they can slide a counter into the box while saying each sound in the word before matching the sounds to letters.
If you want them to spell the word with letters, they can say each sound and place the corresponding letters in the box.
Finally, students will copy the letters onto the lines at the bottom of the page.
Other Ways To Use The Christmas Tree CVC Word Building Mat:
Make A Sentence
Challenge your students to use the specific CVC word in a sentence to build upon oral language skills.
Use Shaving Cream
Use shaving cream, flour, salt, or sand to have your kids write or trace their word into. Children without sensory issues may enjoy the hands-on activity.
Just Use the Cards
Play a game with only the Christmas gift cards! Students pick a card, name the picture, and stretch the sounds.
Our Favorite Christmas Themed Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
The Nativity Story for Toddlers and Kids: The Christmas Book with Simplified Classic Bible Jesus’ Birth Story and Cute, Large Pictures (Christian Stories for Children)A Wish to Be A Christmas TreeConstruction Site on Christmas Night: (Christmas Book for Kids, Childrens Book, Holiday Picture Book)Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! ChristmasHow to Catch an ElfHow to Catch a Gingerbread ManThe Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights: A Faith Story)Jan Brett’s The NutcrackerHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)