Be Aware of Schwa:
Schwa is often a light “uh” sound that can be made by any vowel. It is the most common sound in the English language.
The Schwa sound is often found in words with more than one syllable, so it is included at the end of the Phonics Pow Toolkit. (V.c) However, it is a good idea to introduce it earlier as Schwa can be found in some one syllable words like: the, a, was, and of.
The sled was a lot of fun.
Hear the Schwa sound in these one syllable words with the letter o: My son won a ton of money a month from the lottery. At the end of the Silent e section (III.a) there are activities with words that have the Schwa sound (some love gloves).
Note: read about short U & the schwa sound at the challengeoflearningUSEnglish