Throughout schooling and life there is a point where something just clicks and we’ve reached that point in preschool with T – she’s got the hang of beginning sounds, she can split a word up into it’s phonemes and spends a large portion of the day saying “Mummy begins with M and it’s M U M EE” or any other word so I’m moving onto reading activities with her. This weeks #playfulpreschool theme is Space and using our knowledge of the letters that she’s learnt we’re starting out on our journey reading with a Rocket Landing Word Families Game.
I’ve prepared a resource for you so that you can use this at home with your kids and I’ve included all letter rockets plus the 2 letter vowel constant word families on the planets to get you started.
- Recognise and sound out some of the basic word families
- Recognise and sound out some letters
- Blend the letter and basic word families into CVC words
Materials needed for Rocket Landings Word Families
Laminate if you would like to
Print out the rocket landings word families and cut up – laminate if you wish and decide how many and which letters you will use – store the rest for another session
Rocket Landings Word Families Game
After sorting out the letters – I focused on 3 of the word families – at, ap and it and brought out some of the letters that I knew she would be confident with – I wanted the process of blending the letters to be as easy as possible for her so used letters that I knew she would be familiar with.
I placed the rocket at one side of the table and the planet that it was to land on the other side and we read the letter on the planet and then the word family on the planet.
So with the word CAT – we sounds out C and then AT – as the rocket zoomed towards the _at planet we left less and less gap between the C and the AT until she was reading the word cat without a break.
As we move through learning the letters and the associated sounds we are playing this game with the segmented letter and word family and bringing them together to blend them to form a complete word.
Discover more Space themed learning for Preschoolers
More Space themed activities from #playfulpreschool
Passport to the Planets: A Science Writing Prompt for Kids by Still Playing School
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