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When children begin to learn to read patterns are important. Patterns are taught through rhymes, otherwise called word families. For example, if a child easily recognizes the word can it is likely they will quickly learn to read the words man, pan, Dan, etc. As educators, when we teach word families we significantly improve a child's reading vocabulary and their ability to feel successful.
The Have Fun Teaching Blog has free word family worksheets. On this link you will also find word family small group centers including families such as: AD, AN, AT, AY, EAT, ED, EN, ET, IGHT, ING, IP, IT, OLD, OP, OW, OY, UT, UN, UCK, UNNY.
Mrs. Mayer Gracefield, a Kindergarten teacher, explains the importance of teaching Word Families.
teaching kids to read with word families.
All in the Family word family game.
Mama Snail has put together a fantastic post to lead you through the process of putting together handmade word family work boxes and using the manipulatives to teach word families.
Phonetic Flip Chart would be a fantastic way to work with your emergent reader on word families.
-AT family of words. In her post she discusses Progressive Phonics.
Meet the Word Families.
Teaching word families with songs is also very effective. If you happen to have links to any fun word family songs we would love to see them!