Today I’m sharing my second set of printable books that teach reading with word families.
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Even though I’ve shared a giant set of sight word readers, I also do a lot of phonics-related activities when teaching my children to read. We center our phonics work around word families. If you haven’t checked out my collection of hands-on word family activities, don’t miss them!
I’m creating a set of phonics readers to use alongside my sight word readers. Each set of books features a particular short vowel. Time for short i! In my first collection (short a books), I explained exactly why I designed these and how to use them. Check out my short a phonics books if you’d like to know more.
Each book’s cover has the name of the word family. I always help my Four figure out the word family’s name before opening the book.
Each book begins the same, with another chance to identify the word family. The page on the right has a new word. I use two different colors so your child can learn to read the word family as a single chunk. This word would be /r/ /ip/ instead of /r/ /i/ /p/. There’s no picture because I want kids to really focus on the letters.
When you turn the page, the word appears again in a sentence. I’ve included only a small group of sight words which are listed on the back cover.
These books can be used to supplement your curriculum, but they work especially well with Reading the Alphabet. The short i readers are designed to be used after lesson 13.
Your child always gets a chance to check his reading when he turns the page.
I add words that begin with digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch) toward the end of each book.
Beginning blends are tough! After working at this one a little while (“/t/ /r/ /ip/”) my Four put the letters together himself! We were both excited that he figured out this toughie on his own.
Another tough one!
On the last page your child can read through all the words one more time.
I am thrilled with how well these are working to help my little guy crack the “sound it out” code. For our first session with the short i books, he read four books and was done. We’ll pull out the rest another time. I hope you enjoy them – we are!
How to assemble:
- Separate the stack into each individual book. Each book consists of two pages front to back.
- Cut across the horizontal center of the pages.
- Insert the pages into each other, using the page numbers as a guide.
- Staple with a long arm stapler.
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Short Vowel Word Family Mats & Games
This is a set of 35 printable short vowel word family picture mats with corresponding word cards. The mats come in three different versions – full color with a border, color without a border, and black and white. Each mat also comes with a worksheet and two games.