“Onset” refers to the initial letter or blend. “Rime” is the vowel and letters following it.
Word Family Song - Sing this song to the tune of “BINGO.”
There is word family you should know
And at is it’s name-o.
They end in at you know.
*Write the words on a chart and point to them as you sing.
Addams Family - Sing word families to the tune from “The Addams Family.”
There’s cat and there’s hat.
There’s mat and there’s rat.
There’s fat and there’s bat.
The ‘at’ family!”
Block Rimes - Cut paper the size of square and rectangular unit blocks.
Write onsets on the squares and rimes on the rectangles. Children put blocks together and read words.
Rime Eggs - Using plastic eggs, write onsets with a permanent marker on one half of the egg. Write a rime on the other. Children twist the egg and read the words.
Rime Books – Make popsicle stick books by folding two sheets of paper into fourths. Punch two holes on the folded side and insert a rubber band. Loop ends of the rubber band around a popsicle stick as shown. Cut half way through. Write onsets on the left and rimes on the right.
*You can also make a rime book with a spiral index card notebook.
Note! It’s important to do real words as well as nonsense words.