This teacher resource book has a reproducible sheet for each common two-letter word family. Each two-letter word family has one copy typed with the School Slant font and one typed with the School Text (ball and stick) font, which are the two most common taught writing styles in schools. Younger students have made the transition to reading easier if the letters "look" the same way as when they were taught the sounds of the letter.
After teaching letter sounds, the next logical step in literacy development is the introduction of word families. Teaching Kindergarten for several years, I realized that not all of the thirty-seven most common word families found in most teacher resource books were easy for five and six year olds to learn. Building off the students’ letter sound knowledge I realized that my students had most success with two-letter word families.
The students who understood the concept of a word family more were confident in their knowledge of letter sounds and were blending sounds together. They began identifying the word family as a chunk. The students who were still struggling could sound out each letter if needed. It meets the needs of students at various levels.
Toward the end of the school year I still introduced the three-letter word families, but I had fewer students understanding and remembering them. Therefore, based off my experience, the best place for Kindergarten students to begin word family identification is with two-letters.
After class discussion and activities during a given school week focusing on one family, I sent the related sheet home on Friday as homework to reinforce concepts taught at school. My colleagues liked it too because they were one page and easy to reproduce.