Words of the Week
Each week your children will bring home 5 new word wall words and a new list of words for a word family.
Please practice these words with them. If they can read them easily, without sounding them out, practice spelling the words.
Encourage your children to think of new words that go with the 'Word Family' of the week.
Word Families: Reading in "Chunks"
What Are They?
Word families are groups of words that share the same ending pattern, such as "hat", "mat", and "cat". Words in a family will always rhyme; however, not all rhyming words belong to the same word family. "Hair" and "care" both rhyme, but come from different families.
What Kids Need to Learn
Children will need to learn to recognize the "chunks" that make up many different word patterns. For example, in the words "shake", "take", and "make", kids will learn to recognize the "ake" as a whole chunk, instead of needing to sound out the letters individually.
Putting It In Context
In kindergarten, children learned the alphabet and how to sound out words letter by letter. In first grade, they learn to see word sounds in chunks and patterned groups, so they recognize parts of the word faster and can read more fluently.
Why It Is Important
Remember--every child learns differently. Doing word family activities and playing word family games are a great way to involve kids' whole bodies to reach kids of many different learning styles, and help struggling learners.
But don't put all your eggs in one basket; spend time on other reading strategies as well, and you will be likely to find the thing that most helps your child read.
Word Wall Words
A word wall is a collection of words which are displayed in large visible letters on a wall, bulletin board, or other display surface in a classroom. The word wall is designed to be an interactive tool for students and contains an array of words that can be used during writing and reading.
Why use word walls?
• They provide a permanent model for high frequency words.
• They provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities.
WORD PRACTICE... Here are some words that can be cut out and used to help your children learn the colour words and the number words. Some students still need a little extra practice with these words!