I am a mother as well as a former ESL instructor. I know that this is a touchy subject for many English speakers, but I am not sure if it is actually correct and I don't want to talk to my child's Kindergarten teacher about it until I know for sure.
When using the "a" as an article, is it pronounced a like the u in the "up" or a like the long sound of the letter as in "make"? Perhaps it is an accent and I am just not accustomed to it, but honestly it drives me crazy. My daughter has a book that she brought home from school and when she reads it she pronounces everything with the long "a" sound - if it is correct and it doesn't matter which way it is pronounced, I can let it go, but if not...aaaahhhhh!
I understand the rule very well when it comes to using "a" and "and" or the pronunciation of "the" and "the" before a vowel or consonant sound, but I can't find anything on the internet about what I mentioned above.
Thank you for your time!
I'm my use, the long a is use to emphasize "only one."
Do you have a pencil I could borrow? (uh pencil)
Yes, I have a pencil - so don't lose it or I'll have none (ay pencil)
(My unsolicited advice as a mom is to let it go and keep pronouncing things correctly at home. Your kid is reading. That's a victory. If you make her self-conscious about the uh/ay thing, she'll be hesitant to read out loud, if she even wants to keep reading at all. My kids used the word "amn't" (instead of I'm not, it was I amn't) and other interesting language-when-learning "mistakes" but I just kept modeling the right words and pronunciation rather than drawing attention to it. It's all fine now.)