Looking for a hands-on printable for teaching word families? Check out our word family houses!
My word family houses were one of my very first printables here at The Measured Mom®. These little gems are wonderful for helping new readers crack the code of sounding out words!
If you’re teaching a new reader to sound out words, it is sometimes helpful to use word families.
What are word families?
Word families are groups of words that share the same ending. For example, the words cat, fat, and mat all belong to the “-at” word family.
These word family houses are easy to print and assemble!
If you print on colored cardstock and laminate, you get a durable printable that will hold up through a lot of use.
1. Print each house on a single piece of cardstock.
2. Cut out each house and wheel, being sure to cut into the house to cut out the window.
3. Laminate. (For this demonstration, I put just one house and wheel in the laminator, but I can fit two houses and two wheels on a single piece of laminate.)
4. Cut out the pieces and use a sharp tool to punch a hole through the black dots. Assemble with a brass fastener for some hands-on reading practice!
Download the files below
Decodable Passages: CVC Words
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I love it!!! Thank you very much for sharing it.
The printable card patterns you have made are very beautiful. I see some cards that are like a houses. They are wonderful. Will you send me some cards…
This is Kate, Anna’s assistant. To download these cards, please scroll up to where it says, “Get the original versions for free.” Under that you will find links for each of the five vowels. Enjoy the cards!
Thank you so much for sharing these amazing resources! For some reason when I try to click the short “u” houses, it won’t take me to it like the other ones. Does anyone know a solution for this? Thanks!!
Thanks, Kiersten – fixed it!
These are such a cute idea! Thanks so much.
Hi! Great resource thank you! I don’t have any brass fasteners where I am currently. Any other ideas as to what I can use instead?
Sorry, I don’t! I would google “alternatives to brass fasteners” and see if you find a DIY option. 🙂
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!
You’re very welcome, Yael!
Was just wondering if the small books that you had for ‘word families’ are still available? I can’t seem to find it anymore. They were really very helpful.
Yes! All my word family books are here: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-phonics-books/
Thank you so much! I am tutoring children of varying ages whose single mothers are experiencing homelessness. They stay in our nonprofit’s transitional housing for up to a year and the kids are often significantly behind in their academic skills. The links you provide for free materials that I can use with these kids to supplement their learning in school is invaluable. Thank you!
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Thank you for the important work that you are doing, Renate! You are truly making a difference in each of these children’s lives!
SO GOOD :)) THANK YOU
You’re very welcome!
Genevieve loves the houses! Colored them and they are gorgeous! Thanks
Yay! Thank you for sharing, Susi!
Thank you very mach!
You’re very welcome, Elena!