Word Families Flip Chart

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!

We made it last fall and with the help of that book, my daughter can sound out and read short words like a champ.   However, she’s slow when it comes to sounding out words with blends. word families book

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

  1. We used a pack of the 3×5 index cards that come on a binder.
  2. Cut all of the cards so that roughly 2/3rds of the card was on the right and 1/3 on the left.
  3. Then I used this list of most common word families as discovered through the book, Kid Writing, and added them in the top cover.
  4. I also wrote the endings on all the cards in the chart.

Word Families DIY flip 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.  

This is a great way to help kiddos understand how to break down and “chunk” their words.

Word Families DIY flip chart

To make this a bit more challenging, ask your kiddos to use the word they created in a sentence.   It is fun, not all of the blends “mix” to make real words and it’s cute to hear the definitions and “sentences” Lena uses with her pretend words.

Add a kitchen timer, and my 5 year old is now homeschooling herself!   If only math were as easy!

If you are learning sight words, check out our favorite way for kids to independently practice those!

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Do you have any reading tips or any favorite manipulatives that you have made to help your kiddos learn?  


  1. This is awesome! How did you cut all the pages? At the same time? With scissors? Did you take it somewhere? I can see if I did this that I could never get all the pages in such a nice straight line. I have a boy going into kindergarten so soon this will be awesome for him.

  2. I used a ruler and a razor blade. Last one I made I used scissors – it’s functional both ways – but pretty with the straight cut of a razor blade 🙂

  3. What a great idea! I have 2 that I’ve ordered pre-made and the letters are relatively small on the page. I can’t wait to make one exactly like I want it, to use with my pre-k class!

  4. I really love this idea – great tool to use with the children!

  5. Love this. Wish I had made these when I was teaching 1st and 2nd grade. I am definitely pinning this for when my little guy is a bit older. Thanks!!

  6. Nice Rachel!! I love the idea where you’ve added the list of common word families on the top page. Restlessly waiting for my toddler to reach a point when I can get him started..have already stacked up the index card books..:) ..
    Btw, did I say that yours is my favoritest blog!

  7. It reminds me of those books where you can change clothes on a person through flipping the pages. Great fun.

  8. You’re a real do it yourselfer. What a great way to provide an excellent & affordable resource that can grow as the child grows.

  9. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them 🙂 If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  10. Great idea…I will use it with my ESL kiddo’s

  11. Great idea…I will use it with my ESL kiddo’a

  12. I honestly wouldn’t teach her the blends, but teach the individual sounds. I love your little booklet though, and I’m going to use your idea! Kids end up in our tutoring program who are stuck not being able to “take apart” a blend – for instance, they have learned that “bl” is *one sound*, and when they need to read “br”, they can’t because in their mind the “b” is followed by the “l” sound together. They can’t separate it. Obviously kids with higher reading ability can figure that out, but so many of them struggle because they are asked to skip the decoding step and learn the blends. So we teach a Phono-graphix based system and have huge success with it! 🙂

    1. Kirsty, did you see her other book idea like this? Earlier, she posted the same sort of word book with 3 parts to learn to sound out simpler words letter-by-letter. I think this is the next step up from that.

  13. Thank you! My daughter is struggling to segment and blend words in her kinde class. Love this idea for her. Going to make it this afternoon!!

  14. Well aren’t you just a smarty pants! So awesome.. DOING IT!

  15. really it is geat idea

  16. Fantastic idea, thanks a million. I was looking for this kind of activity for my kindergarteners.

  17. This is such a great resource Rachel. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be featuring this post as part of my Reading roundup because I’m sure many parents would find this helpful. xo Pauline

  18. Hi:
    Love this idea! Just a quick note though… I assume you mean mere “minutes” to create (unless you’re very musically minded).

  19. Christine says:

    Can’t wait! This week I’m definitely going to get 2 spiral index cards and make this and one for math as well. I figure I’ll start with counting. All the answer #s on 1 side (in order 1-..) & stickers or stamped pics on the other side for counting and then some addition/subtraction problems towards the end of the book. Or maybe that should be a separate book, much to think about!

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