I started by sitting with Mister and Ladybug and showing them a blank house with the word -at written on the roof. Here is a fancy Lakeshore Learning example of a word family house since I failed to take a picture. I wrote the word cat and asked them if they could think of any words that rhymed with cat. As they gave me the words, I wrote them down.
The following day I presented this activity and put it on the shelf.
|I realized after I put the cards on the shelf, that the colors were wrong...rushing my work.|
A few days later, I introduced the moveable alphabet with the activity.
Then I took away the cards and gave them the moveable alphabet and miniatures.
Because I wanted them to feel successful, I used a lot of scaffolding. When it came time to spell the words without the help of the cards, I was impressed how easy they found the work. There were smiles from Mister and Ladybug when they completed the activity. They are now picking out the -at family in print!