Word family worksheets help children to clearly see words that belong in the same family. To make learning easier have the children name the word family sound and then name each of the objects out loud. Hearing the sound makes it so much easier for children to understand the concept.
There are worksheets for ack, ain, ake, ail, all, am, ame, an, ank, ap, ar, ash, at, ate, aw, ay, eat, ell, est, ice, ick, ide ight, ill, in, ine, ing, ink, ip, it, ock, op, ot, ow, uck and ug.
*It helps if you have the child name the pictures out loud. In this way they can "hear" the rhyme.
Each of the worksheets shows the word family involved. There are also visual pictures for the children to see. Of the nine pictures in the word family worksheets, four of them rhyme with the first picture. Can your child identify all four?
Why should children learn word families?
New readers can begin to understand language when you show them predictable patterns in what they are learning. Word families, otherwise known as phonograms, will help children see patterns in what they are reading. This makes it much easier when they are sounding out words.
With the first rhyming worksheet above, children will learn the letter combination and pronunciation for "ack". Once they understand how to pronounce a-c-k, it is easier for them to understand that adding a letter or two then creates back, black, hack, jack, pack, rack, sack, snack, stack, tack, track, and whack.
When a child learns various words that rhyme with one word, they are building their vocabulary.
Once children have learned the most common word families (all 36 of them) they will be able to decode at least 500 words. It also makes it easier for them to sound out longer words. That puts them well on their way to reading fluency.
*Although it doesn't matter in what order word families are taught, it is important to teach only one at a time. Make sure one family is well understood before beginning another.
Starting with "an", "at" or "all" (the short a sound) is a good choice since they are common in children's reading material. Children also have an easier time with short vowel sounds as they do not yet have an understanding of the silent letters needed to represent many long vowels.