Teaching Children To Read

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Learn phonograms with the Family Butterflies Jen ChattertonWord Wheel

Family words help children learn phonics

Family word wheelLearning phonograms will assist children to understand how sounds can be blended together, segmented and manipulated to form words. Blending sounds together or 'phonics' is a reading strategy to 'sound out' unfamiliar words when reading or to spell words when writing.

Word families are the ideal way to teach phonics. Learning phonics early provides the basis for understanding the alphabetic sound principles and lays the foundation successful reading acquisition.


Use a Family Word Wheel to help your child to: 

• Understand how sounds in words relate to their corresponding written symbols
• Understand the relationship between spoken sounds and written letter clusters
• Identify individual sounds within words
• Decode text quickly 
• Read text accurately
• Understand and interpret what they are reading
• Spell and write accurately and fluently

Family word wheel

Knowing the most commonly used phonograms will enable your child to decode words and link the sounds within spoken language to printed letters and words. By having an understanding of ‘word families’ your child will begin to identify words in print by ‘sounding out’ the letter clusters and blending them together to say the word.

How to make a Family Word Wheel

What you will need:-
• Pen and paper
• Brass fastener or large press stud
• Scissors

Step 1.
Cut out two circles, one larger than the other.

Step 2.
Write 'common' endings of words around the edge of the larger circle.
For example: ay, ow, all, ight.  

Step 3.
Write 'beginning' letters or letter combinations around the edge of the smaller circle.
For example: b, bl, br, c, cl, cr.

Step 4.
Make a hole in the centre of both circles.

Step 5.
Fasten the circles (with the smaller one at the front) using the brass fastener or press stud.

How to use a Family Word Wheel

Ensure you have fun when using your word wheel. Rotate the circles and see what words you can make. Decide if you have created a real or a nonsense word. Find all the real words and write these into a ‘fun word book’, chart or word folder.

Utilise your ‘Family word wheel’ to create rhymes and construct your own book of rhymes. Then have your child practice reading their rhymes and then perform them to an appreciative audience.

The more fun you have with the wheel the better. It is important that your child enjoys the experience. The more time spent using the wheel the more the child will learn about word families and this will make learning to read and spell easier.

Play with the nonsense words and make silly rhymes with them. Phonics instruction is best taught through play. Making rhymes, poems and other word play activities and playing with sounds and rhymes teaches children to listen to the patterns in language and will make the task of learning to read easier.

My Family Word Wheel is a companion tool to use with my ’38 Original Family Word Rhymes’ book.

Buy the Word Wheel

My book Teach children to read, a fun and easy 10 step program for parents  outlines step by step how to incorporate the family word wheel into an integrated learning to read program.

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Click on the 'Buy it now' button and purchase my Family Word Wheel in PDF

Once you place your order on Clickbank's secure server, you will be directed to the download page, where you can download your ‘Family word wheel’ and get started teaching phonograms IMMEDIATELY.
The PDF book can be viewed on your computer, iPad, Kindle or iphone.
That's all there is to it. Once you've downloaded your Family word wheel, you can begin to learn about word families and make your own rhymes.
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