Now remember, just because my title says “compound words,” doesn’t mean that your little one will know what a compound word is. We are just teaching our children the content at this point….not the vocabulary. We are teaching them age-appropriate oral language skills.
So, that being said, today we are going to give our children more practice playing with words because if you have read some of my other reading posts you know that “playing with words” and other listening activities will help your little one become more and more skilled in hearing and distinguishing that words are made up of sounds.
Today I want you to print the document I have made, cut out the pictures, and first READ all the names of the pictures to your child a few times. Then see if they can tell you the names of the pictures. This is an oral language warm-up.
Now, I want you to show your little one that if you put two pictures together it might make a new word, but that word can be a real word or a silly word. Give them examples and tell them why because you have to model the activity before you ask them to try.
Let your child determine if the new word is real or silly, but be there to support their thinking for the answer -right or wrong. Meaning, praise them if they are right, but if they are wrong always preface your correction with “No, but that was good thinking or a good try.”
You will write their answers on the real/silly recording sheet to model writing the new words 🙂