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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Word Family Strips

This activity might be a bit above the beginning preschooler, but I thought I would share it. The project actually came about because I am trying to help my youngest with sight words. He can sound the words out, but still does not have them down by sight.

Yesterday I had my daughter sit down and write out all the words she could think of in different word families. These are words with common endings: -an, -ad, -et, -in, -at, -it, -up, -ed, -op, -ar, -en, and-id, etc. It's amazing how many words you can actually come up with, and I'm sure we probably missed a few.

Next I got a large piece of poster board and started some cutting. I made 12, 3x5 cards out of it and 12 long strips measuring 1 1/2 inches wide. On each card I wrote one of the word endings. Then on a strip I wrote letters to make words with that ending. I then cut slits in the cards at the beginning so that the strip could slide in and move up and down. As the strip moves it makes different words. It is a bit time consuming, with lots of cutting, and in my case, measuring. I'm always trying to make things equal up, but I thought they came out neat and they were fun and easy to use.

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The Activity Mom said...

I really like that idea! I'll have to remember it down the road.

The Attached Mama said...

great idea

Katie said...

Very cute and easy to make, I will have to try to remember this activity to feature on ABC & 123. If you get a chance will you email us a link to it


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Denise B said...

Great idea! Another great idea is playing a board game called Er-u-di-tion that exposes children to basic phonics and sight words.

Cards are categorized so children of all reading levels can play and learn together!

Jen said...

Hello, stranger. Actually, I'm the one who hasn't been around. I think this post is great, because some preschoolers (early readers) may be ready for this. I did do something like this with Peanut last year when she was in her 2nd year of preschool. Hope you are doing well!

Creative and Curious Kids!

ps I'm having a boy!!

Miller Moments said...

what a clever idea!

Eleanor said...

What a great idea! It sounds like a bit of work to put together, but I am sure that your son is having all kinds of fun with it. (In addition to learning!)
BTW, my website has a complete list of sight words at the preschool level and the next level up. Here is my URL if you are interested.

Rachel said...

Brilliant! I bet these would be oh so useful! My little gal is learning to read - she'd love these!

Rachel said...

Thanks for a great idea! I linked up to it in our variation: