Penguin Center for Teaching Short Vowels

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Penguins, penguins everywhere! And for a very good reason…they are so adorable. Creating literacy centers that are fun for learners might include a cute critter to catch their attention. This free penguin center is a great way to engage learners while teaching short vowels.

Penguin Short Vowel Sort- Mrs. Jones Creation Station

Short Vowels

Short vowels are the cornerstone of learning to read. Most kindergarten classrooms teach letters in an order that introduce short vowels first.


Because in order to read simple or CVC words learners need to know their short vowel sounds.

That is why exposing learners to short vowels almost to the point of exhaustion is a must.

The more they are exposed to these letters and sounds the more comfortable learners are when they see them in text.

Literacy Activities

This penguin center is one of many that I have on hand to practice sorting short vowels with my learners.

Learners can find this activity in a morning tub, literacy station or even during small group word work.

Penguin Center

You can grab this free short vowel center by clicking on the MJCS download at the bottom of this post.


Penguin Alphabet Clip Cards // Kindergarten Connection

Penguin Short Vowel Sorting Center // Mrs. Jones Creation Station

Penguin Research // The Primary Post

Free Penguin Number Bonds // The Simplified Classroom 

Penguin Writing Craftivity // Literacy with the Littles 

Penguin Color Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins

Penguin Cut and Paste Sentence Writing // The Letters of Literacy 

Penguin Addition Games // Sara J. Creations

Penguin Spin and Write // Recipe for Teaching 

Penguin Playdough Mat // Teach Me Mommy

Editable Penguin Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids

Penguin Emergent Reader // A Dab of Glue Will Do


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