I’m teaching my daughter to read CVC words, so I created these simple worksheets as a way to get extra practice. Since she is only in preschool, she does these worksheets with me, and only after we’ve done a more hands-on blending activity.
I cut out the words at the bottom of each page (of course, she could do this herself, but since I knew the activity would be challenging I wanted to conserve her energy – ha!).
Together, we worked at sounding out each word so she could glue it under the corresponding picture.
I love teaching beginning reading with word families. Once kids have the word family figured out (in the upper right hand corner of each worksheet), they can attach the beginning sound of each word to the ending.
This was the second time we did this activity. The first time was much tougher, and she only lasted through 2 worksheets. This time we did four (although she’d had more than enough by that point).
My preschooler does very well sounding out words in the “at” family, as we’ve spent a lot of time on those. But she often gets confused when reading other word families. You may see this in older, struggling readers. For example, if you ask them to read map, they may read it like this:
Teacher: Can you say the sounds of these letters?
Student: /m,/ /ă/, /p/.
Teacher: Now put the sounds together.
Student: /mmmm/, /ă/, /p/. Pat?
They often struggle to keep all those sounds in their memory, in order. That’s why successive blending is so helpful. We did a session of it right before doing these worksheets, and it really helped.
You can learn more about successive blending in this Youtube video. I hope to share a post all about it soon.
I hope you enjoy this freebie!
P.S. You’ll notice that the freebie includes cut and paste worksheets for just short a word families. Yes, I plan to share for all the short vowel word families, but probably not for a while. I am taking this at my daughter’s pace. Stay tuned for more freebies for teaching short a word families. They’re coming soon!
Have you seen my bundle of short vowel word family mats?
They’re a great hands-on way to teach reading with word families!
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