W is for Words.
We have an early reader in our house, a gal who just can’t get enough of words to say, words to read. Our phonics flip chart is our friend!
Word Families Book
Time for a new phonics chart! These are so easy to make and to use. They take mere minuets to make and it’s nice to listen to her chant out her “words” while I am doing the dishes or whatever. Our new flip chart focuses on blending (or chunking) words.
How to Make a Word Families Book
- We used a pack of the 3×5 index cards that come on a binder.
- Cut all of the cards so that roughly 2/3rds of the card was on the right and 1/3 on the left.
- Then I used this list of most common word families as discovered through the book, Kid Writing, and added them in the top cover.
- I also wrote the endings on all the cards in the chart.
Then I added the first letters and beginning blends. Some of the blends we added to our chart included: ab, ad, bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, tr, th, sh, ch, wh, sch, sk, sn, sm, sp, st, str, sw, kn, etc.
The majority of the words in the English language can be created from the blending of these “word families” and the various “beginning” combinations.
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