We're currently working on word families with my 1st grader. She really struggled with PS teaching sight words, so I'm going back to basics to strengthen her skills. I have been printing off file folder games for her, because she doesn't feel like they are work...I love it when they have fun learning! :D Anywho, I found this really cute one on the measured mom for free. We printed it out and all the kids have been playing with it.
We haven't played any phonics games....I wouldn't even know where to begin. My children are odd and actually pull out flash cards to play with. We have them for just about everthing...flags around the world, presidents, space, math, insects...they learn random stuff when they do this.
My boys like to sort things and match things. So we play memory games with word families on the cards. We play word sort games. We play rhyming games in the car.....they LOVE to sing "Down by the Bay" and put in their own rhymes (Octopus dancing with a Platypus is one of their favorites)
We play alliteration games like how many MMMMM words can we name till we get to church.
So far we like Progressive Phonics, I've been trying to stick to free curriculums and this one fits the bill. Forgot about it when I replied earlier, didn't remember until we hit that lesson for today and DD and I were reading her book. She loves the first story in the short a book about a cat and some Yellow Jell-O. :D
Here are some mats to run off and laminate. I use these for word work in guided reading and the children practice writing the first, middle, and last sound. Then we blend all our sounds together to unlock a word. The arrow is a visual to help them understand the sequence of the sounds and the idea of "sliding" them together! This can also be used for independent work and you might have a baggie of pictures and a recording sheet for each student. Are you getting tired of cvc work... Some of my students really struggle with blending.