Word Family Game
Being able to recognize word patterns is an important part of learning how to read. In first grade, whenever possible, teachers try to help students see word patterns through the use of word families.
Word families, also known as phonograms or "chunks" of words, help kids recognize word patterns by highlighting how a specific group of letters is read. For example, if a child can read the word shop, then he'll likely be able to read other words in the -op word family such as shop, mop, top, and cop. First graders routinely study a variety of word families such as -ick, -ng, -it, and -in, to name a few.
Here's an activity to get your child working with and sounding out word families. Can he help Captain Letterman rescue his ships from the watery depths?