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On Word Families

We did our first word families story a couple weeks ago.  Word families are words that sound the same--our first was Eep/Eap.  This covered long "e" sounds, too.  This was new to me, as I really don't remember learning to read.  I just recall second grade being the time I really took off on it.  Anyway, these stories follow the same open intake, digestion and artistic output as the rest of the Enki materials.

Eep Family Jeep

We heard the story of the family's adventure and their wandering to the town of Conso Nant where they picked the tools they'd need to get back home.  The second and third days, we reinacted the story with gnomes, of course.  You have to love this model car my parents gave Roan (it is heavy, so we store it up high).  Willow does not like to retell stories, so this has worked very well.  The small house puzzled worked for all the houses the family members visited to pick up their consonants.

We did a picture from the story, of course, the Eaps in their Jeep.  Each story has a limerick, or verse, too.  And we used consonants on rings with the word endings of -eep and -eap.  Enki also suggests a town board with the houses being used to put the words together, but this is my very first first grader.  I'll probably use that later.
I think simple cards helped Willow to put the sounds together well enough, but time will tell.  Enki also employees a sleep and reawakening to their learning cycle, so it will be interesting to see this take shape later.  I can see now, for instance, Willow's digestion of the doubling math story.

Another day is beginning.  I hear a tiny voice calling for me.

Eeps in the Jeep

With a leap and a creep and a weep,
The trouble had gotten quite deep,
So Papa said, “Eee!
This is no way to be.
The answer is here in my jeep.”


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 31st, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
I love reading about your Enki doings, and seeing Willow's interpretaions of what she's learned!
Jan. 31st, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There aren't that many Enki families, so I think this is a time capsule of the way things worked. :-)
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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