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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Phonics Fun w/the _ig Family (A Pig Word Slide) for Pre-K & K

Learning to read is exciting but there are so many fundamentals to learn! My Oldest Diva wants to just be able to skip ahead of the "work" and read.

That's not really possible so instead I try to make the "work" seem more like play. Somedays I hit a home run and somedays I strike out but we're slowly moving forward.

This week we've been working on the -ig word family. I thought it fit well with our farm theme since we were talking about pigs.

I like to work around our themes as much as possible-
so that everything we do reinforces each other.

Here are a few of the activities we worked on:

Our Pig -ig Word Family Slide

Isn't he cute?

What You Need:
1 large & 1 small paper plate
pink construction paper
1 brass fastener
pink crayon
eyes (stickers, wiggly eyes or drawn on)

What To Do:

Prep: Cut out a pig snout & 2 ears 

1. cut the larger paper plate so that it is only slightly larger than the small one Just enough to be able to easily slide it around. I found that leaving it whole made the big look weird but it's up to you.

2. color the front of both plates pink

3. using your scissor or the brass fastener make a hole through the middle of both plates.

4. I folded the small plate in half (horizontally) and near the middle cut a triangle for the letters to show through. See the photo below. I really wish I had taken pictures but my camera battery was dying out on me.

5. Near the triangle I wrote the letters ig.

6. I placed the larger plate under and wrote my target letters through the triangle window while actually spinning the plate around to ensure they showed through correctly. I used the letters p, b, d, r, w, f and tw.

7. Glue the ears onto the inside of the small plate. This ensures the pig always looks like a pig no matter how the plate spins.

8. Glue the snout onto the brass fastener - careful not to cover the opening or it will impede the viewing of your letters. 

9. Add eyes (we used stickers) and a mouth to complete your pig's face.

Now you are ready to practice your -ig word family words with your adorable Pig Word Slide!

For more practice we did several activities using free printables that I found HERE.

1. A picture/word matching activity - the Lil Divas had to read the word and match it to the correct picture on our chart.

2. Writing/Spelling - The Oldest Diva worked on identifying the _ig words and writing -ig to complete the word.

3. The Oldest Diva read this -ig Family Mini Book (found HERE) to me and helped her sister read it too! She feels so proud when she can read little books like these to us.


*This one does repeatedly use the word dumb but it ends up teaching a lesson about not judging people (or in this case animals) based on how they look - the pigs are actually pretty smart!*

Stay tuned for a fun Pig Craft tomorrow!



  1. What a great idea and it turned out so cute! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

  2. I love this idea. I also like to work around themes as much as possible. You fit this in just perfectly. I will have to keep it in mind for the future.

  3. What a fun way to explore words! Very sweet indeed. You have so many great ideas.

    Thanks for joining kids get crafty!


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  5. OMG I love the idea of a pig for the word slide. So creative and cute. I also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my blog for more info:

  6. love it hands on is a great way to learn

  7. So cute! My son just wants to be able to read too and it can be a challenge.

  8. I love the pig! What cute way to work on -ig words.

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