One of the most exciting things to witness as a parent or teacher, is watching a child learn to read. The struggles, the accomplishments, the frustration, and the pure joy is an amazing thing to be a part of.
We’ve been exploring sight words lately – Sight Word Shooting Range, Sight Word Balloon Pop, Circle The Sight Word, and Sight Word Matching Game have been some of our favorite activities the last few weeks.
Now, we’ve moved on to working with word families.
Word families are words that all share the same base, but have different prefixes or suffixes. (Example: Nest, pest, test, rest, and jest would all be in the same word family. Cat, hat, rat, sat, and pat would all be in the same word family.)
Understanding the concept of word families can make it easier for new readers to increase their fluency, because they are better able to recognize patterns in words, rather than having to sound each one out.
What you need:
- Index cards (or other thick paper)
- List of word families
Start by choosing a variety of words (we started with 10). Write each one on an index card using a marker.
Next, choose several words that are part of the same word family (we chose 4 for each word), and write each one on a clothespin.
Then, have your child read the word on each index card, and try to find the corresponding clothespins for each word…
Opening the clothespins and clipping them onto the index cards is a great way to work on fine motor skills, which are so vital as children are learning to write…
Keep going until your child lets you know they’re done…
Make sure you check out our other literacy ideas for lots of hands-on and engaging learning activities for your little readers.