â€śThere are slight differences within each short-vowel sound, For example, in the lesson on â€śrâ€ť the word ra-n shows up. Iâ€™ve been reading him /a/ as in apple, so â€śranâ€ť sounds awkward when he says it more like â€śrahn.â€ť Should I tell him the â€śaâ€ť makes a few sounds, correct â€śrahnâ€ť to ran, or just say nothing?â€ť
Yes, there certainly are subtle differences in the short-vowel sounds, especially in regional parts of our country!
Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to have multiple pictures beginning with the vowel illustrating each letter. We wanted people to know the full range of sounds, and felt it important to include themâ€”especially for English Language Learners. But forÂ everyone, really!
Just have him pronounce it the best he can, and test his knowledge by using the â€śShort Sheet of Vowelsâ€ť exercise on page 256. You say the word, and have him point to the correct vowel heading or write the letter or word under the correct heading. Itâ€™s a foolproof way forÂ youÂ to know ifÂ theyÂ know it! Â ~Dolores