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How to Teach CVC Words to Young Kids

Updated on August 25, 2019
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I am a certified teacher and have been tutoring young children for more than 30 years. I am sharing my experience in the tutorial business.

The CVC Words

Teaching the CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words is easy if the children have been properly equipped with the basic reading skills. That is; the kids have memorized their letters of the alphabet and the sound of each letter. It is also important that the children have been taught how to read the syllables because this is where reading begins. Without these skills, it would be impossible for the children to read the three letter words.

The sound of the letters is key when you are teaching reading to children. This is the very first thing that the children should learn before they can read words. For example, you want to let the children read the word bag; if the children do not now the letters, how do you expect them to be able to read the word? The children should have learned about the letters of the alphabet first prior to this level.

Start the New Lesson:

When teaching the CVC a words, emphasize the a at the middle. This will make it easier for the children to read or write the word. For as long as they know the initial and final letter, they will be able to get the words correctly read and spelled.

This is true to all the vowel sounds. If you are in CVC e then emphasize on the e at the middle. Tell the kids that all the three-letter words have e at the middle. The same is true if you teach CVC i, CVC o and CVC u.

The CVC words:

Below are the lists of the CVC words with a, e, i, o and u.

CVC (a) Words:

You can include these words since they are considered CVC also. The ending consonant of these words are sounded as only one consonant.

Here are the words considered as CVC that you can include in the lesson:

  • back
  • bass
  • bell
  • bill
  • doll
  • fell
  • hill
  • lass
  • loss
  • mitt
  • mass
  • mess
  • moss
  • pill
  • roll
  • sell
  • tell
  • till
  • well
  • yell

Sample Worksheets:

First things first:

Make sure that you are testing the ability of the children. Do not go straight to the three-letter words but teach how to go step by step.

First, make sure that the children know the letters and sounds. To do this; give the children work about initial and final letters.

When to Teach the CVC Words:

When the children are ready for the 3 letter words, then that’s the time to teach them the CVC words. Start first with CVC- a. Teach this for one week before moving to CVC- e, then CVC -i, CVC o and CVC -u.

In order not to confuse the children who are still learning to read three-letter words, do not mix yet the words with different middle vowel sounds. For example: If you are teaching CVC-a, make the words all a at the middle.

Wait until you have finished teaching all the CVCs before mixing the words for further enhancement. The simpler you make the lesson the better and easier for the children to assimilate what you are teaching them.

As much as possible, always let the children copy the words you are teaching. Copying 5 words a day will help the children retain what they have learned.

Dictation is also very important when you are teaching reading. The more dictation the children do, the more words they identify, recognize and finally memorize. If you dictate 5 words a day to the children; that would be a substantial number of words in one year.

Here are some of the activities that you can use for teaching the CVC words.

  1. Write the beginning syllable of words based on pictures
  2. Put a ring around the correct word
  3. Box the word that matches the picture
  4. Match the word to the picture
  5. Match the picture to the word
  6. Write the initial and final letter of the words
  7. Ring the name of each picture
  8. Read and match the words to the picture


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      2 years ago

      CVC is important. That is why, if I were to say, it is better to introduce to the kids the commonly used letters first like C, A, T, M, S, D, G instead of A - Z. That way you can form as many CVCs as you wish making the children read earlier compared to the traditional method.

    • Felisa Daskeo profile imageAUTHOR

      Felisa Daskeo 

      3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      katie woolsey thank you very much. It's indeed very helpful to give different activities to children for easier and more effective learning.

    • Felisa Daskeo profile imageAUTHOR

      Felisa Daskeo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks. I'd be very grateful for the help.

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      Daisy Rivera 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great job! I'll send your hub to friends that are looking for this kind of help for their kids.

    • Felisa Daskeo profile imageAUTHOR

      Felisa Daskeo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you Venus. I find this method very effective when teaching reading to young kids. I have been doing it for years since I started teaching.

    • Venus Rivera profile image

      Daisy Rivera 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      You did a great job with this hub. I see the way you broke things down so that anyone can teach their child how to read by using your simple method. Two thumbs up!


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