When teaching short vowels… if you are from the south, you may not want to teach “i” and “e” together. Southerners tend to say things like, “Go git (get) your brother.”
If you are from the north, you may not want to teach “a” and “o” together. Northerners tend to say things like, “Get a jab (job).“
A good way to teach short vowels is to make vowel strips.
On a strip of paper use markers and write the vowels out. Have the student recall the sounds as a drill. You might follow up this exercise by dictating some short vowel words – only use words of the letters you have taught.
Below are vowel strip examples.