Monday, April 7, 2014

beginning reading with word families

My oldest has officially reached the beginning reading stage! It is an exciting time for us. I've struggled for a while now trying different things to bridge the gap between memorizing letters and their sounds to decoding words. I've tried a few products to help us in this way. Many required too much in addition to the reading which complicated the decoding process.

Bear has been really interested in rhyming the last couple months coming up with his own songs and rhymes. It seemed like a good time to try it again BUT this time in a much simpler way. I choose a very simple font and made cards with only words-no pictures. I decided against including pictures/matching games because I think early visual representations are very impressive. There are also some words I'm just not comfortable summing up into a single visual picture. It works out well this way! We describe what the words mean to each other and often act out some imaginary description. It is very engaging!

This week he has already mastered about 25 new words!

I make the cards by printing out these sheets {click here for link}  on white cardstock paper

I cut out the cards, glue them onto colorful cardstock, and laminate them.

You could just print them out and use them as-is but I'm hoping to use these cards again in a few years.

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