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Planting Vowels

A fun way to play with vowels and to start the practice of recognizing and pointing out letters all around us.

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Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

They come in A, in E, in I, in O, in U and sometimes Y.

What you do, like with any seed,

is to find a good place to plant it deep.

Then take good care of it as it grows,

from a vowel to a word or a story book.

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

Plant an A and you may get

An Apple,

And Ants,

Along And Around An Airplane!

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

Grow an E and you will see something like

Eat Eight Eggs Every Evening

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

Bury an I in the ground for a big surprise!

Is It Inside?

Is It In an Igloo?

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

The seed with an O can become

Outside Oranges,

Or Once upon a Time,

Or  One Orangutan!

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

Try planting a U Under the ground.

Use the Y seed for YES and You,

(it's ok if it sounds like ' U ').

With some care and love, all of the seeds will grow all around.

Soon you will have a story orchard in your town!

Have you ever seen a vowel seed?

They are a very useful bunch indeed.

Keep them in your back pocket for a time of need.

Look around - how many vowels do you see?

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

I envision this book to be read by a caregiver to a 0-3 year old, and inspires both caregivers and children to look around them and see that language is all around us. Because attention spans can vary, I hope that caregivers can feel free to jump to different vowels and not feel like they have to finish the book all in one sitting.

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Planting Vowels

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

Have you ever seen a vowel seed? They come in A, in E, in I, in O, in U and sometimes Y. What you do, like with any seed, is to find a good place to plant it deep. Then take good care of it as it grows, from a vowel to a word or a story book. Have you ever seen a vowel seed? Plant an A and you may get An Apple, And Ants, Along And Around An Airplane! Have you ever seen a vowel seed? Grow an E and you will see something like Eat Eight Eggs Every Evening. Have you ever seen a vowel seed? Bury an I in the ground for a big surprise! Is It Inside? Is It In an Igloo? Have you ever seen a vowel seed? The seed with an O can become Outside Oranges, Or Once upon a Time, Or One Orangutan! Have you ever seen a vowel seed? Try planting a U Under the ground. Use the Y seed for YES and You, (it's ok if it sounds like ' U '). With some care and love, all of the seeds will grow all around. Soon you will have a story orchard in your town! Have you ever seen a vowel seed? They are a very useful bunch indeed. Keep them in your back pocket for a time of need. Look around - how many vowels do you see?

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

In the content of this work, I incorporate Tier 1 and Tier 2 letters, and drew inspiration from the Personas as well as the information shared in the live webinars. I thought a lot about the Easy reader Dolch word list and in general from books I've been reading to my two-year old. I imagine this book being used as a way to show our little ones that individual words are all around us and can grow, as just they do, into something beautiful. As a supplement, perhaps the book could come with a felt "knowledge tree" kit: felt seeds with individual vowels that children can plant, a brown felt stem, and felt leaves and blank stickers for adults to write words that these seeds grow into.

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United States

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California

Location: City

Pacifica

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I am a new mother, and the process of creating this work was actually a very fun interactive activity in and of itself for me to do with my two year old. It was through playing that I discovered that there is a simple joy in identifying familiar letters all around us and pointing them out. My toddler loves to point out 'O' (for Ohhhhh) and 'M' (for Mama), so I thought, "Why not give vowels a try?"

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This is a wonderful way of sensitizing the child to vowels. Well done. Good story line.

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