Word Families

One of my most frequented blogs is when I wrote about Nursery Rhymes.  https://kindergartenteacherclaire.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/lifelong-benefits-from-learning-nursery-rhymes-and-poetry-at-a-young-age/The research could not be more clear that young children who have the ability to not only hear rhymes, but to create rhymes as well, make a smoother transition into the reading process than those children who cannot rhyme. This is when having the knowledge of word families comes in.  A word family is made up of all of words that have the same ending.  We are all familiar with the at word family:  bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, vat but are you aware of all of the other word families? Here is a site that lists many of the word families that an early reader will encounter.

  • Scroll down to the word family that you want your child to practice
  • Click on the blue writing to open up a list of words in that word family
  • Click on the printer friendly 3 X 5 index cards that you can print out for your child to practice at home.


Introduce one word family at a time.  Your child needs to understand that all of the words in the same word family ALL end with the same sound and rhyme with each other.  Once your child is able to comprehend this, then move on to another word family.

Here is another site with free downloadable books written by Michelle Hubbard for many word families:


Both sites offer numerous resources for your child  to practice word families and get a jump start on reading in first grade.


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