For several months, I’ve been working with my four-year-old at beginning reading. Sight words come easily to him — but sounding out words is a challenge. That’s why I love to do lots of hands-on learning to teach this developmental skill. Along the way I’ve shared five free word family activities for short a. Now you can see them all in one place!
Did I just call these fabulous? I guess I did. That’s not very humble of me. But I did work really hard at them – and they’ve been great learning tools for my son.
Plus, they’re free. That alone makes them fabulous, right? 🙂
You can use these in a classroom as learning centers – or make a learning center right at your kitchen table.
I’m going to share them in order from easiest to most challenging.
Short a word family activities
You’ll find 8 word family houses that can be printed on cardstock, cut apart, laminated, and easily assembled. Kids will love how quickly they can zip through this learning activity. Get them by visiting this post.
These take a little time to assemble, but I think it’s so worth it. You’ll find eight picture mats along with eight word cards for each word family. Print, laminate, and attach velcro dots so your student can read the word and match it to the picture. Some of the words are a bit unfamiliar, so it’s a great vocabulary builder too! I’ve heard from several readers who found these especially helpful for children with special needs. My Four will do a stack of these pages without complaint. Get them by visiting this post.
I love how these versatile mats turned out! They’re two-sided when you print front to back. One one side your child can simply match the milk cap letters to the letters. On the reverse, he can guess the spelling — then slide down the letters and flip over the mat to check his work. Bottle cap letter mats are included too (with smaller circles). Bonus: you can make milk cap letters just like mine — with a free pattern you can get here. For the spelling mats, visit this post.
I admit it: assembling this one is a bit tedious. But it’s worth it! Your students will be able to compare words from all the different word families as they read each circle one by one and match it to the correct flower. Read more about it and get the printable here.
When I first created this game a few months ago, it was too challenging for my four-year-old. But now that he’s reading short a word family words with much more ease, he asks to play it! You’ll need at least two students to play this game together. Get the printable in this post.
I hope you’ve found some learning centers you can use in your classroom or at home!
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