AD Word Family Activity: Highlighter Words

Teaching a child to read seems like the most daunting task in the world, doesn’t it?

You just start at the very beginning and practice, practice, practice.

One of the areas to practice is word families. This -ad word family activity is east to pull together and is a simple way to fit in a little reading practice after school.

Highlighter Words is a simple -ad word family activity to help beginning readers. Includes printable word family cards to make the activity easy to set up.

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Set-up is easy

First, you’ll need your set of word family cards. You can get the -ad word family at this link. Or, if you’re working on a different word family, you can access all my word family cards here.

Print out your word family cards, cut them out, and gather several highlighters.

Gather them together in a small container, or pack everything in a bag for a little reading practice on the go.

Download your AD word family cards here.

Highlighter Words is a simple -ad word family activity to help beginning readers. Includes printable word family cards to make the activity easy to set up.

Practice is fun with this -ad word family activity

The more you practice reading, the better you become. We all how important it is for our kids to practice, but the last thing we want to do is overwhelm them.

That’s why I love super-simple ideas and this idea is about as easy as it gets.

Invite your child to pick their favorite color of highlighter and trace each of the words. That’s it. They’ll practice reading, writing, and becoming comfortable with the -ad word family.

Highlighter Words is a simple -ad word family activity to help beginning readers. Includes printable word family cards to make the activity easy to set up.

Extend the fun with one of these ideas

Find as my colors of highlighter as you can. Make each letter a different color for a colorful rainbow word family activity.

Use this method for any set of words you child needs to learn. Pick a different word family, sight words, or even spelling words.

Decorate the words. Add polka dots, flowers, or stripes. Let your child have a little fun with the highlighters (because we all know kids love highlighters) and make their words family cards pretty. They’ll still be gaining familiarity with the words while they’re getting creative.

Highlighter Words is a simple -ad word family activity to help beginning readers. Includes printable word family cards to make the activity easy to set up.

If you enjoyed this -ad word family activity, the picture above is perfect for sharing on Facebook or you can share the photo below on Pinterest.

Highlighter Words is a simple -ad word family activity to help beginning readers. Includes printable word family cards to make the activity easy to set up.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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