When you teach the /a/ sound, do you use words that begin with "an" or "am"? Like ant, animal, ambulance, etc.? In the curriculum we use, we're currently working on the /a/ sound and it said to have me tell the kids to listen for that and then say "ant". Around here, no one says "ant" with the short a sound like that... It drives me crazy that it expects me to teach that way.