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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

New Words To Add to Your Child’s Word Bank

Last month I provided a list of 30 common sight words, along with directions on how to build a word bank. As promised, here is a new word list. These words are called “word family words,” or phonograms, formed with one short vowel word chunk, and different beginning sounds.

Adding words like these to the bank will help your child hear and see patterns in words, and hear rhymes. Seeing patterns in words and recognizing rhymes directly correlates to the Common Core State Standards for Phonological Awareness.

To review directions:

  • All you need is some small cards that you have handy, like index cards, blank recipe cards, the back of old business cards, etc.
  • Choose a new word each day, and write it on a card.
  • Show it to your child, say it, spell it, and say it again. Have your child do the same.
  • Keep the cards together in a baggie, envelope, or small container.
  • Review words in the “bank” at random, whenever possible.

 

The new words, with the vowel chunk in bold:

 

all
ball
call
fall
tall

an
can
fan
man
ran

at
bat
cat
hat
sat
that

en
hen
men
pen
ten
then

in
bin
fin
tin
win

it
bit
lit
sit
wit

op
mop
pop
top
stop

 

Practice often so he can easily recognize these words when reading sentences and stories!

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#2 Connie McCarthy 2013-04-07 21:53
Great suggestion Sabrina! Thank you for sharing that.
#1 Sabrina 2013-04-05 22:20
Just a suggestion to help keep the words together. Take a 3 ring binder and put in baseball card holders. Then you cut the index cards in half. Write the words on them or have your kids write the words on them and slip into the holder. Your kids can just go pick up the binder and look at their cards anytime they want.

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