Word Families are a great way for children to build their sight vocabularies and to gain the skills and confidence needed to decode more difficult letter combinations. The __ake and the __ash roots allow students to build familiar words that are suddenly easy to read once they see the pattern. The repetition found in these TWO worksheets will lead to the mastery of these and other word families as they are presented. The format lends itself to independent student work as they learn the patterns and practice reading fluency and reading comprehension. Created by Cathy Wooldridge, a retired teacher, counselor and Director of Guidance and Testing for her school system.