I love doing activities with my children that are educational, easy and fun. This was one of the activities we did together: Word families!
Word families are groups of words that have a common feature or pattern. For example:
Meet the “AN family”: t-an, p-an, c-an
or the “IN family”: b-in, f-in, w-in
You can use this simple craft to teach pre-readers how to sound out words and learn reading in a fun way.
If you do not have any paint swatches, no need to panic … Just use any materials you have at home, as long as you don’t mind writing alphabets on them. Regular paper, coloured paper, clothespins, lego bricks, and plenty more.
What you need:
Paper cutter or scissors
How to make:
Cut your paint swatches into single colour segment
You can search in Google for the full list of word families. Few examples: ab, am, an, ed, et, in, ot.
Write alphabets using a marker
Let’s learn word families!
Use similar colour swatches for the word families (same colour are preferred) to help the kids identify “the family”. For example: if your kids are learning “AN” family, use the green swatch for both “A” and “N” letters. Use different colours for the other letters.
Write each alphabet (A to Z) on any colour swatch. Practice with longer word families, such as the “ACK” family: P-ACK, L-ACK, BL-ACK and SN-ACK.
Try creating a rhyming poem together.
For more ideas about how to teach literacy to your children, check out these great tips from educators around the world.
Word families list: Enchanted Learning
Free printable word family houses: The Measured Mom
Free printable word family books: This Reading Mama
Mia is a mother of two boys and the editor of Kids Nation magazine. She also owns an award winning graphic design studio and volunteers at a local children program. For more info: kidsnationmag.com