Our children grow and flourish like beautiful flowers throughout the Spring. Just like flowers nourished by rain, our children also need nourishment to grown and thrive with kindergarten literacy. Practicing CVC word patterns will lead to experimenting with sounds, segmenting, blending, and writing.

Your students will love the colorful, spring-themed pictures and they will gain valuable skills in sounds of vowels and consonants. This mat is perfect for kindergarten literacy centers. The CVC words with pictures can encourage our little flowers to place a picture with the word. Get the Spring Rain Cloud CVC Word Building Mat for kindergarten today!

Rainy Day Themed CVC Word Building Mats

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Materials for the Rainy Day CVC Word Activity:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Letter Tiles or Alphabet Magnets
  • Paper Cutter

Teaching CVC Words in Kindergarten:

EARLY READING SKILLS

PICTURE CARDS ARE IMPORTANT IN EARLY WORD BUILDING. THEY ALLOW KIDS TO CONNECT A VISUAL IMAGE WITH A WRITTEN WORD.

Your child’s face will light up when they realize the work they are doing with identifying sounds and putting them together is the start of their reading journey.

Using hands on manipulatives (like magnetic letters) lets children use their other senses as they connect sounds to make the word on the picture. Writing the word gives your kindergartener a chance to practice fine motor skills and add onto their checklist of awesome literacy objectives.

I would introduce this activity whole group and practice it together several times. Then, it could be used as a center during guided reading. Additionally it’s important that everyone understand what each picture represents before building the CVC word.

These radical rain drop picture cards can be sorted into similar word families, words with the same vowel sound in the middle, or even beginning consonants. These cards are so versatile for teaching just about any combination of sounds you are working on.

Sssttttrrreeetttccchhh those words out and show your Kindergartener how phonemes work together to create words and eventually sentences.

CVC early reader activity.

Phonics for Kindergarteners

KINDERGARTEN SPELLING AND READING

WHAT IS ALL THIS TALK ABOUT DECODING?! USING CVC WORD GAMES GIVES STUDENTS CONFIDENCE TO DECODE OR BREAKDOWN THE SOUNDS IN A WORD.

When your kindergarten and 1st grade students break a word into individual sounds, then write the letter that represents each sound. This is called phoneme (sounds)-grapheme (letters) mapping. There are four basic steps to follow for phoneme-grapheme mapping:

  • Identify the CVC picture and the word’s meaning
  • Orally stretch the word into individual sounds
  • Identify which letter makes each sound
  • Use letter tiles or magnetic letters to build the word

Why Is Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping Important?

Practicing easy spelling words in kindergarten provides basic decoding practice. This will eventually lead to better fluency and automaticity. Spelling lists with CVC words form a strong foundation for moving to consonant blends, digraphs, long vowels, short vowel sounds, and more complex patterns.

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Reading Skills Gained From Building Words

Sequencing: Sequencing or building the sounds heard in the word and placing them in the correct order can assist children in building and reading more complex words.

Improves Spelling: Building words creates stronger spellers by practicing segmenting and blending. Even though most kindergarten students might not be ready for complex spelling tests, this is a great beginning to inventive spelling.

Builds Vocabulary: Our children are learning new words and concepts each day. By using the visual CVC cards, our kindergarteners can build their oral vocabulary and understanding.

Auditory and Oral Skills: Let’s give those little ears something to hear by having them focus on individual sounds making up the words. Hearing the sounds within the CVC words list and repeating those sounds ideally helps with early reading.

Rainy day themed CVC word building cards.

How To Use The Rain Cloud CVC Write and Building Activity

BUILDING WORDS WITH KINDERGARTENERS

SEEING THE ENTIRE SET OF RAIN DROP PICTURE CARDS COULD SEEM OVERWHELMING . I RECOMMEND USING A FEW CARDS AT A TIME AND FOCUSING ON THE SHORT VOWEL WORDS THE STUDENTS ARE FAMILIAR WITH.

The first step is the easiest, printing out the materials. Each student can have their own rain cloud building mat. Be sure to laminate each mat for reusability.

The next step is to print, cut, and laminate the rain drop picture cards.

Children can take turns picking a card and naming the picture.

Then, they can place it in the box at the top of the word building mat.

The next step involves two choices. Students can use manipulatives to represent each sound by sliding a counter into the box while saying in sound. The second choice has the students spell the word with the letters, saying each sound, and place the corresponding letter in the correct box.

Finally, students can copy the letters with their dry erase marker on the bottom lines.

The perfect part is… the ‘rain’ is washed/erased way and you can repeat with a new card.

Other Ways To Use The Rainy Day CVC Word Building Mat:

Word Family Fun

Students that become fluent at building words can substitute the beginning letter of the word with additional letters to create a list of word families.

Stamp it Out!

Children that struggle with fine motor skills and writing can use letter stampers or pre traced words to help complete the activity.

Just Use the Cards

Play a game with only the rain drop cards! Students pick a card, name the picture, and stretch the sounds.

Rainy Day themed CVC word building mats.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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