One of my favorite things about teaching kindergarten is teaching my students how to read! I know I have my work cut out for me when some of my students start kindergarten without even knowing all of their letters. We work really hard on letter names and sounds, and blending them together to make words. They get so excited when they realize that they can read!!
I am a full believer in teaching my students reading strategies and how to decode. This truly helps them when they do come across an unknown word, they have to rely on more than just their memorization. One of my favorite ways to teach students how to read is by using word families. They pick up on the patterns fairly quickly {I love when they scream out, “Hey! all those words have a and t in them!”} Not only do they feel successful and prideful in their work, but when they see another “at” family word somewhere they know how to read it!
I’m also a strong believer in teaching my students using multiple modalities. We use a lot of play-doh, stamps and even beads to practice reading and writing words. We’re all about hands-on learning! It’s also really important to incorporate those fine motor skills in whenever you can. We do a lot of cutting, gluing and manipulating. Word Builders incorporates all of those skills into one fun little activity!
Each student gets a page of picture cards and letters cards, as well as a work mat.
First, they very carefully cut out the pictures and letter cards. Then they choose the first word they want to build by gluing the picture in the littler box.
They must sound out each word and build it on their mat. It’s also very important that they pay attention to the correct formation of the letters and not glue them down upside down. A “d” can very quickly turn into a “p”!
After they build and glue their word, they practice writing the word. They can use a pencil, a marker, a crayon, anything that keeps them motivated!
After they build and write all of their words, they color in the pictures.
Another joy about teaching kindergarten is all the different levels in the classroom. While some of my students are just learning how to read and write CVC words, others are already learning how to decode longer words. We still teach all of our students the same strategies, we just challenge the ones who need a little “push”. So while all of my students will be working on building CVC words, some of them will be able to write sentences instead of only writing the word.
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Check out the rest of the word family practice {here}.
Looking for even more CVC word practice? Check out my Super CVC Practice on my blog!

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