Word work is the manipulation of letters to focus on word spellings and/or meanings. There are many different ways to have children participate in word work activities. Today I am going to share one of my students’ favorite and how you can tweak this and make it work at home.
Write the Room/Read the Room
This activity is fun for children because it gets them up and moving around the classroom, or in this case your house. You can use this list of words, google spring words for kindergarten in images (there are a ton), or just label items around the house.
Print the words or create your own illustrations. Put the images, with word underneath, around the room. Have your child number a sheet of paper 1-6. Then they have to go around and find the pictures.
Once they find the picture, have him/her read the word. Next they copy the spelling of the word onto their paper. Finally, they draw their own illustration of the word. After they have completed all 6 words, have your child read your the word and then go find the picture card to match the word he/she just read.
If your child struggles to write the word, you can write the words on the paper you are giving your child and have him/her match the printed word to the word on the card and then draw the illustration.
If copying the word is too easy, you can either write the beginning sounds on the paper and have your child match the word with the beginning sound and then sound out the rest of the word. Print out the picture without the word and try to sound out the word. OR have your child write a sentence instead just a word.
You can also use these words to help your child move into sentence writing. These sentences can be as complicated as writing “I use an umbrella in the rain” (spelled phonetically except umbrella that he/she copied off the sheet, or as simple as “I see a bird.” This is an opportunity to work on leaving spaces between words, sight words, and matching the words to the illustration.