Word Study is critical to developing readers, writers and communicators. During Word Work we focus on spelling and vocabulary work with children. Word Work offers children time to experiment with words for learning and practicing a spelling pattern, time to help memorize high frequency words, time to generalize spelling patterns and learn and add new and interesting words. Traditionally, in the beginning of Kindergarten, our Word Work is letter work and we begin by using our names as a starting point. With the demands of learning sight or high frequency words, we now have to begin focused lessons much sooner.
Words can be practiced by using:
Gel Pens and Black Paper
Chalk and Black Paper
What materials would I like to get?
One of my FAVORITE materials for word work is a giant bag of letters that you can buy at Lakeshore. I was able to go shopping with Crystal from Kreative in Kinder this summer and we split a bag because I already had some. I love these letters because it can be challenging to find what you are looking for and tons and tons of discussion takes place about uppercase and lowercase letters and letter formation. When we use these the children quickly learn that it is better to work together! These letters are perfect for letter sorts and there is no copying or cutting. This is a true teacher time saver...sometimes you just have to buy it and move on to more important things. These are worth the money.
I bought several of these write on and wipe off pockets at Target and I think they will be perfect for some Word Work activities. I love how it will save on paper. The good thing about Word Work is that most of the materials to make words we have on hand or they can be easily and inexpensively purchased.
Making words can be a lot of fun even as a whole group activity. I have never had a class that did not like making words activities. I have had the same sets of letter making cards for years but a substitute did not take such good care of my letters. I made my own so I would have them on my computer in case a letter gets lost because you know it will eventually happen. I used the small letters with a small pocket chart I got from Target. The larger cards can be used in a big pocket chart. If you need some letters just click on the image above. I keep these letters stored in a small laundry clothespin bag and it hangs close to where I have my meeting area. I love having these ready to go when there is a quick minute of time to fill.
Where will students work?