KinderGals: Building a Word Family Word Wall!

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Building a Word Family Word Wall!


In the past Megan and I would work to have everything hanging up for the first day of school. But, this year, Megan is slowing that down a little. Now, her room is still super cute to start the year, but some things she is going to hang up as she introduces them. Here’s is her word family palm trees. We do a different word family each week. She will hang the tree up as that family is introduced. I think that will give the kids an ownership to the items on the walls. Good idea, Megan! So, first she started with the onset and the rime covered in two different colors of post it notes. Each child has a word family notebook.Slide2


She had the children write “---at” at the top of their page. She removed the post it note off of the first onset and had the children write that in their book. Then she removed the rime. As she did more of the words, she talked about the pattern and encouraged the children to use that pattern to figure out what might be under the blue post it notes. It was the first time, so they were a little slow getting started, but by the end of the lesson they were catching on.


Okay, so the picture below has nothing to do with the word family study! It was just too stinkin cute to see those little boys reading to those stuffed animals. THAT is why I love being a teacher!Slide5

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Andi said...

This is a great idea! Those boys are so stinkin' cute.
Thanks for sharing,

Alessia Albanese said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea!

ΡΌ Alessia
Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Cupcake said...

Very cute!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Amber and Brian said...

I am a big fan of your blog. This is my second year in kindergarten and everything is pretty new for me still. I see that you are doing word families right now. Do your kids come in with a pretty strong background in their letters or does that come to them through these activities? I'm lucky if my kids know the first letter of their name. I hold pretty high expectations and push them pretty hard but I'm still not sure if the way I do it is effective enough. Should I be doing things like this? It is so cute and I want to be sure I'm doing the right thing.

Kim and Megan said...

Amber...Megan has a big mixture of ability! When we do word families some children don't get it. Be sure that they are working on auditory rhyming. She doesn't expect her kids to leave the group reading those words or even knowing the onset and rime. She is planting seeds. Each week she does a new word family and along the way, through the year, they get it. The important thing now is to be sure they are hearing it--they hear the rhyme. Don't worry's better to slow down if in doubt. I am sure you are doing great.

Amber and Brian said...

Thanks. That helps me a lot! You are amazing :)

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