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Creating Your Own Word Lists

Creating Word Lists Together With Your Child - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Once your child knows a letter or sound, you can begin making your own word lists together.  Word lists take letters and sounds to a higher level of learning where your child applies what he or she has learned.

Let’s take for example that you are working on the /oi/ sound.  After explaining the sound and some sample words, you can come up with more words together.  Post a large piece of paper on the refrigerator with /oi/ on the top.  As your child thinks of words through out the day or week, write them on the paper together.  Underline the letters that make the /oi/ sound.

To take it a step further, make two columns on the paper.  One side can say “oi” and the other “oy.”  Have your child decide which column the word belongs, and write it there.  Hint: most root words with the /oi/ sound at the end are spelling “oy.”  Most root words with the /oi/ sound in the middle are spelled “oi.”

Example:

/oi/

oi oy
coin toy
boil boy
choice joy
noise overjoyed
This is an example of the root word (joy) ending in “oy.”

You can also use this idea for early learners.  After they learn a new letter of the alphabet, you can write that letter on a paper on the fridge.  As they think of words that begin with that letter, write the words on the paper.

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Phonetic Sight Words – Short U

FREE PRINTABLE Short U Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Below is a list of short u words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards.  Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately.  Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice. 

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words.  Start by reading the list to him or her.  Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently.  The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Short U Practice

Bug Bump Cup Cut
Dull Dust Fun Gulp
Gum Hug Hunt Jump
Just Lunch Much Mug
Nut Punch Rust Sun
Puppy Up Us Bud
Jump Bus Bump Mud
Bun Must Cub Nun
Duck Pup Fuss Rug
Hut Tub Jug Tug
Buzz Mutt Fuzz Drum

Printable Short U Word List

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Phonetic Sight Words – Short O

FREE PRINTABLE Short O Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Below is a list of short o words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards.  Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately.  Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice. 

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words.  Start by reading the list to him or her.  Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently.  The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Short O Practice

Bond Cost Cot Dog
Spot Doll Dot Fog
Fond Got Honk Lot
Job Lock Pot Slot
Lost Hot Trot Mom
Cot Moth Not Rot
Pond Rock Sob Top
Odd Off On Ox
Box Plot Jot Log
Dot Shot Dog Dot
Fog Fox Boss Mop
Chomp Drop Plop Crop
Stomp Blond Flock Frost

Printable Short O Word List

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Phonetic Sight Words – Short I

FREE PRINTABLE Short I Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Below is a list of short i words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards.  Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately.  Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice. 

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words.  Start by reading the list to him or her.  Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently.  The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Short I practice

Bit Dig Dip Fin
Lick Wick Chin Hid
Drill Hill Kick Fit
Lid Milk Nip Pig
Rib Tick Thick Spin
Still Zip Ill In
Sit Slick Inch Dill
Is It Sick Bib
Thrill Hid Quick Trick
Rim Hip Bill Mitt

Printable Short I Word List

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Phonetic Sight Words – Short A

FREE PRINTABLE Short A Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Below is a list of short a words.  Begin by writing the words on index cards.  Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately.  Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice. 

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words.  Start by reading the list to him or her.  Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently.  The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Short A Practice

Back Bad Band Bat
Cap Dad Fact Hand
Land Mask Pack Pan
Pat Patch Sack Van
Wax Act Add As
Ask At Ax Am
Ant Back Bag Bat
Cab Camp Can Cat
Fan Gal Gas Had
Ham Hat Jam Lamp
Mad Man Map Mat
Nap Pad Pal Pat
Ran Rat Sad Sand
Sat Tab Tack Tan
Tap Van Yam Bag
Plan Than That Scat
Chat Flag Ants Champ

Printable Short A Practice

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How Do I Help My Child Become A Better Reader?

How Do I Help My Child Become A Better Reader - 4 Steps To Help Your Child Become A Better Reader - From TeacherHelpForParents.com


One of the questions I have been asked the most as a teacher is, “How do I help my child become a better reader?”  Successful readers do four things: sound out words, read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and love to read.

Step One – Word Attack
It is important for your child to be able to recognize letters and sounds.  Phonics and sight words are a large part of this step.  I have posted phonetic sight word lists, Dolch sight word lists, and Ekwall sight word lists for your child to practice.  Once your child knows the patterns and sight words, it’s time for him or her to move on to step two.

Step Two – Fluency
In this step, your child will put together the words and sounds they have learned to read passages.  It’s best for them to start with phrases, such as Fry’s Phrases, and then move on to full passages.

Step Three – Comprehension
Once your child can read fluently at their grade level, it’s time for them to move on to comprehension.   I have a full article about how to improve your child’s reading comprehension here.  It also includes free reading comprehension printables.

Step Four – Love of Reading
The final step is the most rewarding.  Once your child can read stories at his or her grade level and understand what is being read, fostering a love of reading is a must.  One way I have done this in my own classroom, is by reading from a series.  Once children are comfortable with that series, they are more likely to read it on their own.  Find ways to motivate your child to read and favorite reading series by age group here.

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