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Word Family Worksheets

Word family worksheets are a great resource for teaching phonics to first and second graders. Check out JumpStart’s collection of free and printable word family worksheets online.

Why Practice Word Families?

Children who are just learning to read understand that letters must be sounded out in order to read words. However, this in itself is not enough to read all the words in the English language. For example, the ‘a’ in cat is pronounced differently from the ‘a’ in ball. Similarly, ‘light’ cannot be read merely by sounding out the letters that make up the word. In cases like these, word families are immensely helpful in simplifying words and gaining reading speed. By understanding how to read ‘-at’, ‘-all’, and ‘-ight’, kids can read all other words that follow the same pattern simply by substituting the beginning letters. Learning word families also helps kids recognize and read the rimes when they appear within a word, such as in fr-ight-en-ing. You can help boost your child’s reading skills with the help of the word family worksheets on this page.

Word Family Worksheets for Kids

Word family worksheets are very helpful in improving the reading skills of young readers. Word families are the first lesson in reading independently. Use the worksheets on this page to help your students master this lesson with ease. Word family worksheets generally focus on a single word family, and ask students to identify the words in that family using the images provided. This activity helps students understand the concept of word families, and also tests their familiarity with the beginning consonant sounds. Older students are generally expected to come up with the different words in a word family without any helpful clues. This activity helps students practice rhyming words – an important first step to writing rhymes and poems later on.

The word family worksheets on JumpStart are free and printable, making them easy to use for parents and teachers. You can find worksheets for simple word families like '-an', '-at', '-in' and '-en'. You can also try out the more challenging worksheets like the '-am', '-ig', '-op' , '-ot', '-ag' and '-ox' word family worksheets.

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