Word Families

Harry Truman said “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” We don’t just want our students to have the ability to read, we want them to love reading. Reading is knowledge. The better someone can read the more they will want to read and the more knowledge they will attain. This month I want to help you fill in some gaps that will help you enrich your reading curriculum, give you more options, and expand in areas of success. When your student achieves success with a certain approach, build on that approach. For example, some students find great success with word families. Although I use the Orton-Gillingham method for teaching phonics and reading, I use word families to supplement that method. The Bob Jones curriculum also uses a type of word family approach in some of their spelling and phonics lessons. I found a great free internet resource for word family books on a website called The Measured Mom. You can also google word families and find great activities on Pinterest to add to your teaching lessons. Sometimes we get so tied to a curriculum as our guide that we forget that our goal is to teach a precious child how to read. If you feel your students are not really grasping concepts they need to become effective readers, you might need to find supplements to use with your curriculum. Thank you for listening today and please join me next week as I talk about SWRL books.

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