Valentine’s Day CVC Word Building Mat for Kindergarten

Valentine’s activities are a great way to get the attention of young learners! I created Valentine’s Day CVC Word Building Mat for Kindergarten for our students to build decoding and spelling skills all February long! Your students are going to love the cute picture cards, and they will have fun identifying the sounds in each word. It’s an activity that sneaks up on our learners and they don’t even know the valuable groundwork they’re laying for stellar reading skills. And, teachers, it’s EASY to prep!

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Learning About CVC Words in Kindergarten:

WORD BUILDING with KINDERGARTNERS

BUILDING WORDS WITH PICTURE CARDS HELPS YOUNG LEARNERS CONNECT LETTER SOUNDS WITH LETTERS.

Exploring simple word lists with short vowel sounds or predictable word families helps children with two important steps in learning to read.

First, students gain practice and fluency in breaking words into individual sounds (phoneme segmentation). Next, students become more automatic at matching the sounds to the correct letter (phoneme-grapheme mapping).

An added bonus with using CVC picture cards at your Kindergarten literacy center is that students can also develop vocabulary and language skills by identifying the CVC words’ meanings.

The FREE printable Valentine activity for kindergarten features eye-catching pictures to help your students to read with ease!

Each mat provides an opportunity for students to:

  • Identify and name the CVC word with a picture
  • Break apart the sounds of each word
  • Identify which letters to use to build the word
  • Practice writing each letter/word on lined paper
Building Valentine themed CVC words.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice CVC Words?

Your students will automatically engage with this fun Valentine’s Day Kindergarten activity. In addition to that, they will be gaining important knowledge of the English language!

Materials needed for the Valentine’s Day CVC Word Building Mat for Kindergarten:

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CVC word building cards with dry erase markers

How To Use The Valentine’s Day CVC Word Building Mat for Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN SPELLING SKILLS

BEGIN WITH LOTS OF MODELING OF THIS ACTIVITY. WHEN STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE STEPS, THEY ARE READY TO PRACTICE INDEPENDENTLY.

This activity is easy to prepare! First, print the work mat and picture cards. You can use a sturdier paper for longevity, or you can use regular paper for an activity each student can keep.

Next, laminate the work mats and the picture cards. This step is optional, depending on how you want to use the activity. If you plan to keep it at the literacy center, I definitely recommend laminating the materials!

Finally, cut the CVC picture cards apart.

Kids will love this activity! To play:

  1. Draw a card and identify the picture. Place the card in the box at the top of the mat.
  2. “Stretch” the sounds in the word by saying each sound slowly.
  3. Build the word in the box by matching the identified sounds with letters.
  4. Use a dry/wet-erase marker to write the word on the lines provided at the bottom of the mat.
Lists of CVC words for early readers

Other Ways To Use The Valentine Word Building Mat:

Segmenting Game

Use the picture cards for a sound segmenting game. Children draw a card, identify the picture, then stretch the sounds in the word.

Picture Sort

Students can sort the pictures based on vowel sounds, beginning sounds, or ending sounds.

Differentiate by Ability

Feel free to adapt the word building mat to each child’s skill level. Omit the handwriting portion for those that are easily frustrated, or pare down the selection of word cards.

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