Recently, we hit a bit of a wall with reading. When I asked my son what we needed to read, he said, "Real books." Fortunately there are plenty of great easy readers at our local library. These books use lots of basic sight words, and repeat the tricky words and sounds, so that my child can master them within the context of that book. Several of these books center around colors, so I developed a lesson around color words that emphasizes vowel combinations.
An activity we have loved for some time is acting out Hap Palmer's "Parade of Colors" from "Learning in Two Languages" with colored scarves from the craft store, so we started our lesson with some music.
Next, I instructed my children to lay the scarves out all over the floor. I handed them the black and white color word cards one at a time, and instructed them to put the correct word on the correct scarf. A few of the vowel combinations needed some review, so we did that along the way.
When they had finished, I told them to check their work. They matched the colored word cards to the right scarf, and double checked that the letters on each card matched.
We have done this activity twice so far, and I expect it to be useful at least once more. Some of the books we are reading with this unit are Pete the Cat, I Love my White Shoes, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, Alice in Wonderland, A Colors primer.
If you would like to give this or a similar activity a try, you are welcome to download theses simple, free color word cards.