The English language is full of thousands of beautiful words, but learning to read them can sometimes be overwhelming.
In school, teachers make it easier for kids to read English by helping them see patterns in the words they're learning. To do this, teachers use word families, specific groups of word endings and beginnings that consistently have the same pronunciation. For example, in the -op word family, kids learn that chop, hop, pop, and bop have different beginning sounds but the same -op ending sound.
You can support your child's ability to learn word families with this hands-on, phonics activity that has kids making "word sliders" out of paper plates. "Word sliders" can help your child interact with words and become more adept at visualizing word patterns. Put these "word sliders" up on your child's wall as he's learning—ideally right near an area where you like to sit together to read. See how many show up in your books each evening!