These Word Family Lego Buildings are a great way to encourage your child to hear/see patterns in reading. This is an important skill because it allows children to begin “reading” by grouping sets of letters within a word. To put it simply, word families (sometimes called “chunks”) are groups of words that rhyme. The first part of a word is called the onset and the last part of the word is conveniently called the rime (although it is spelled differently). Word families share a similar “rime” as the onset changes.
Here’s what you’ll need: LEGO Duplos, return address mailing labels, permanent marker, and scissors.
1. Cut your labels in half lengthwise.
2. Write rhyming words on the labels.
3. Attach the labels to the DUPLOs.
4. Set out the blocks and encourage your child to put the blocks that rhyme together in the same stack.
5. Point out that the words in the same word family end with the same letters.
He did a great job!
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