How can I teach short and long vowels simply to my students ?
Long and short vowels can be effectively taught using pair drills. If your class is young, picture cards and drills can help to teach them to read and learn the words easily.
Some examples of such pair words are:
ship sheep
hill heel
kill keel

More difficult ones are like stop and go, bit and bite
To teach short vowels, pair up letters to following pictures: a picture of apple, e picture of egg, i picture of igloo, o picture of octopus, u picture of umbrella Practice saying sound then word, "a" as in apple, e as in egg, etc. That's one way kids with dyslexia learn to read...works pretty well for general population.
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