Submitted by Suzanne Knutzen, Washington

Idea posted September 10, 2002

Vowel Song (to the tune "Old MacDonald")
Every true word has a vowel,
A, E, I, O, U.
And every vowel has two sounds,
A, E, I, O, U.
With an AA here and an aa there.
Here an A, there an a,
Everywhere an A, a.

This is the version of the vowel sounds song that I use. Just remember that the first "A" is a long vowel, and the second "a" is a short vowel. I teach it like this, "The first 'A' says it's name, and the second 'a' says it's sound." It is less confusing than the terms Long and Short Vowels! Somehow, kids think the terms long and short have something to do with penmanship!