If you are looking for free printables for kids to help them learn the word families, well... you found it! Check out the worksheets and activities below for fun ways to learn all the word families.
Kids typically have fun learning and understanding the concept of word families. Children like finding words that rhyme.
This concept is especially important because when children are first learning to read they will sound out each individual letter. Word families teach children that there are patterns of letters that can be read easily.
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Encourage children to think beyond the word family activities here. See if they can name another word in the same word family. You may hear some nonsensical words but it will prove they understand the concept you are trying to teach.
Learning word families will help children learn unfamiliar words quicker and will help build their reading confidence overall. You'll be able to see it in their eyes the moment they understand the concept of word families. "You mean those letters make the sound all? So I can read ball, call, fall, tall and mall? And stall, hall, and wall? Wow!"
Word families are sometimes referred to as chunks or phonograms. Either way they provide learning readers with the ability to see predictable patterns in words. Children who recognize the patterns will have an easier time learning to read.
Once children learn the most common word families they will be able to decode over five-hundred words. As much as 75% of early reader books are sight words.
Another interesting tidbit is that vowel sounds play less of a part when learning word families. Once a particular word family is learned there is no thinking about whether the vowel is a long or short sound.
Introduce one word family at a time and add another as the previous ones are mastered. Continue to go over word families already taught to reinforce what has been learned.
*Once many word families have been learned... acquire some easy reader books and let your child read to you. This will not only help improve their reading skills but is also a great bonding experience as well.