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Word family flip book

How you can help at home: Have your child create this fun flip book to practice reading.

By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

In this activity your child makes a book to help him practice reading word families.

What You'll Need

  • 6-10 3x5 index cards
  • Marker, pen or pencil
  • Stapler

Here's How to Do It

A word family is a group of words with a common feature or pattern, such as at, cat, bat, hat. Discuss word families with your child. Talk about how the ending letters are the same. Pick a word family (Some other examples are ab, ag, an, am, ap, ar, ed, en, et, id, ig, in, ip, it, ob, og, op, ot, ub, ug, un, ut, um). On one of the index cards write the word family ending on the right half side of a card. Cut the other index cards in half. Have your child write a letter on the halves of the index card that will make a word with the ending. Your child can also write blends such as bl, sh, ch and gr. Staple the half index cards on the left side of the index card with the word family on it. Now your child can flip through the letters and read the words.

Comments from readers

" This seems like a great preperational activity to do for Kindergarten! Great for reading readiness, my child is 5! What a great idea thanks!"
"Should my first grader be able to read through her reading textbook fluently? (There are five books, her class is reading book 3)"
"This is a good suggestion. I have a five year old son. Thank you."