Friday, April 24, 2015

Unwind #WordsworthWednesday - Introduction to Family Words

Last week we got introduced to sight words. Hope you tried some of those techniques. I shall share more on the coming weeks. Lets do Family words and Sight words in parallel so that it doesnt become boring to kids.

Word families, sometimes called phonograms or chunks, can really help emergent readers begin to understand the language by providing some predictable patterns within words.When learning to read, patterns are important. Children recognize word patterns and this makes it easier when sounding out words. 
For example, let us consider the "an" word family. First, show "an" to the child and have them repeat the sound. Then show the word "man" and demonstrate how you can "read" the word by first making the "m" sound and then the "an". Repeat it slowly and then more quickly. Now continue with some other members of the "an" family such as can,fan,pan,ran,van etc.,.
There are around 35-40 Family words. Lets introduce one by one to them. Mastering these 40 Family words make them know around 500-600 words even before they become independent readers.
First lets see some ways to introduce family words to kids instead of making them sit in a desk with paper and pencil.

There are lot more fun ways, start exploring these. Shall share more the coming weeks. Also use the attached chart to start With Family words. With another 2-3 similar charts, your kid will be more excited than you to explore words.
Share your experience so that others also get more Information and motivation to try with their kids.

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