Are you ready for some A words for kids? Today I am going to attempt to articulate an abundant list of awesome words that begin with A that you can use with your students.
Not only will I give you aspiring words for preschool and kindergarten but for elementary ages as well.
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The Sounds of A
But before we get into all the awesome A words, let’s look into the sounds that A makes. For this age lets focus on the A’s two main sounds: the short A sound AND the long A sound.
The long A sound says its name /a/ as in: lane, apron, and cape. The short vowel sound says /a/ as in: apple, axe, and cat.
The Sounds of A:
- Long A says /a/ as in: apron, lady, and paper
- Short A says /a/ as in: cat, hat, and bat
A Words for Preschool
Choose simple and familiar A words for preschool that use the short /a/ sound. (Teaching more than one letter sound at a time can be confusing while kids are learning the alphabet.) Here are some easy A words for preschool:
*If you are doing preschool at home or are a preschool teacher, be sure to check out the Preschool Daily Skill Builder for focused skill- building in six different areas including writing, letters, and reading.
A Words for Preschool:
- As – She was dressed up as a princess.
- An – I ate an apple with my lunch.
- At – We are at the store.
- Apple – The apple was red and tasted sweet.
- Ant – I watched an ant crawl across the patio.
- Axe – He used an axe to chop the wood.
- Ask – Do you want to ask me a question?
A Words for Kindergarten
The more A words kids know, the more they will be able to articulate their thoughts and effectively communicate with those around them. Here are some simple A words you for kindergarten that you can begin with:
*For more practice with beginning and end sounds, as well as, early reading, check out the Kindergarten Daily Skill Builder that focuses on skill-building in six different areas including reading and handwriting.
Words that begin with A for Kindergarten:
- Am – I am happy that you are going to come over.
- And – She is a kind and thoughtful person.
- April – My birthday is in the month of April.
- Ape – We saw an ape eat a banana at the zoo.
- Air – We have air conditioning in our car.
- Add – I can add two numbers together.
- Astronaut – The astronaut traveled to the moon.
- Apple – The apple tasted sweet.
- Airplane – We flew on an airplane to get to grandma’s house.
- Apron – I wear an apron when I help my mother cook.
- Alligator – We saw an alligator in the swamp.
- Arrow – My dad hunts with a bow and arrow.
- Animal – A dog is an animal.
Words that end with A for Kindergarten:
- Era – Dinosaurs lived in a different era.
- Soda – My mom said I could have a can of soda with my dinner.
- Cola – I like to drink cola on a hot summer day.
- Coma – The man was in a coma after his car accident.
- Lava – Lava flowed down the mountain as the volcano erupted.
- Mama – I love my mama.
- Papa – My papa lives in Oregon.
- Mega – We are going to the mega sales event.
- Sofa – My mom let me eat dinner on the sofa.
- Yoga – I take a yoga class every Tuesday.
- Diva – She was a diva and loved to be on stage.
- Pita – I had my sandwich on pita bread.
- Lama – We passed a lama standing in a pasture.
Short A Words for Beginning Readers
Whether your kids are using printable emergent readers or learning to read simple picture books, they will find these easy three letter A words fun and attainable as they work on phonetic awareness and building their A word vocabulary:
Three letter A Words for Kids
Four letter A Words for Kids
Beginning readers will also appreciate these simple four letter A words:
Awesome A Words for Elementary Students
A rich vocabulary comes from knowing lots of words for each letter in the alphabet. Sometimes it’s good practice to take a closer look at a particular letter and the words that can be built with it. Here are some awesome A words for elementary students:
A Words for Elementary Students:
- Ace – I am hoping I will ace the test.
- Axe – He used an axe to chop the firewood.
- Ask – If you ask nicely she might give you a cookie.
- Act – Please act like a nice young boy.
- Ant – An ant crawled across my plate.
- Atom – An atom is made up of protons and neutrons.
- Aunt – My Aunt is coming for a visit this summer.
- Ache – I have an ache in my back.
- Able – Are you able to drop by my office after school?
- Acre – We own seven acres of land.
- Arch – They had a decorative arch built over their doorway.
- About – Tim told the class about his trip to Canada.
- After – After dinner, we played a board game.
- Again – I’m hungry and ready to eat again.
- August – My parents got married in August.
- Around – My family will be traveling around the country this summer.
- Admire – I admire your bravery.
- Awe – She had a look of awe when he handed her the gift.
- Angel – My doll looks like an angel.
- Adjust – I need to adjust my schedule so I can fit you in.
- Alter – The seamstress will alter my dress to make it fit.
- Angle – The boards were placed together to make a right angle.
- Angelic – The choir sounded like a host of angelic voices.
- Amazing – We had an amazing day together.
- Answer – Write you answer on the line.
- Adopt – We are hoping to adopt a dog this Friday.
- Aglow – The night was aglow with the shimmering stars over head.
- Advise – Let me advise you to save your money.
- Accuse – Do not accuse me of something that I didn’t do.
- Achieve – I am working to achieve my goals.
- Amuse – I amuse myself in the evenings with a cup of coffee and a good book.
- Acclaim – He deserves acclaim for his work with educating inner-city kids.
- Active – My grandma tries to stay active in her old age.
- Alligator – There was an alligator sitting on our front lawn.
- Aroma – The kitchen was filled with the aroma for freshly baked bread.
- Adore – I adore my new nephew.
- Award – Victoria won an award for her best selling book.
- Apron – I wore an apron while a baked cookies.
- Arrow – Jason shot an arrow across the field.
- Afford – We cannot afford to go on vacation this year.
- Aquarium – There are sharks and whales at the aquarium.
- Automobile – Automobile is another word for car.
- Ambulance – The ambulance took the sick woman to the hospital.
- Apartment – We live on the second floor of our apartment building.
- Adventure – We are planning a summer adventure in the Alps.
- Armadillo – We saw an armadillo at the zoo.
- Adapt – Gus is working to adapt to his new school.
- Abide – I will abide by the rules of my new school.
- Agree – I agree with your comment.
- Aardvark – I am writing a research paper about aardvarks.
- Athletic – John plays basketball is very athletic.
- Awesome – Going to the concert was an awesome experience.
- Artist – The artist painted a portrait of me.
- Autograph – The author signed his autograph on the inside of the book.
- Appetizer – We are have fried mozzarella sticks as our appetizer.
- Animal – My dad works at an animal clinic.
- Anchor – The shipped dropped its anchor.
- Aluminum – My mom puts aluminum foil over her casserole dish.
- Alien – I have a book about UFOs and aliens.
Advanced A Words for Kids
Do you have ambitious kids who appreciate advanced A words? If so, here are some adventurous and advanced A words for for your accomplished upper elementary students.
Advanced Words for Kids:
- Ambitious – Her goals were ambitious yet attainable.
- Attentive – The children were attentive to their mother’s instruction.
- Appreciate – I appreciate the gift you gave me.
- Adventurous – Chris had an adventurous spirit and loved hiking.
- Authentic – We ate authentic Mexican food for dinner.
- Aromatic – The aromatic scent of dinner made my mouth water.
- Achievement – Writing a book was my greatest achievement.
- Affordable – We found an affordable house on the edge of town.
- Assertive – He got the job because of his assertive sales tactics.
- Abundant – We had an abundant harvest of apples this year.
- Accomplished – I felt accomplished after reorganizing my entire kitchen.
- Articulate – I tried to articulate how I felt.
- Adolescent – The adolescent skipped school and went to the mall.
- Astonishing – The archeologists made an astonishing discovery.
- Abound – Our home abounds in love.
Nouns That Start with Letter A
Need some nouns that start with letter A? Here are a few helpful and practical A word lists of nouns to get you started.
Foods that start with A:
- American Cheese
- Apple Pie
Animals that start with A:
Places that start with A:
Objects that start with A:
Vocabulary Activities for Learning A Words for Kids
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- Practice with A Word Printables – To begin with, get the free printable A Words for Kids Learning resource that is available at the end of this post. Then, do a quick search to find some free A word coloring pages or other letter A activity pages. These printable resources can be really beneficial for building a robust vocabulary.
- Read A Word Books – Have your kids go through your bookshelves at home or at the library and find some books that highlight words that begin with A. Letter A books can include titles like Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson or The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.
- Do a A Word Object Find – This activity would work great for younger kids. To begin, review the letter A and the sound that it makes. Then, assemble a group of items in the middle of the floor and have your kids pick out the items that start with A.
- Practice Spelling New A Words Using Letter Tiles – Download your A words list and get some letter tiles out. To practice spelling A words using letter tiles, call an A word off of the list. See if your student can find the correct letters and spell it on the table with their alphabet squares. (For younger kids, write the A word down and have them find the letters and put them in order.)
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