Then I found clip art representations of each word either within a home publishing program I have or online, and combined the two in a word processing program. I learned from trial and error that making a chart on MS Word with two columns and three rows makes it easiest to get a lot done at one time. Then print out, cut, and glue to index cards. I laminated mine for durability but if they are for home use this step probably isn't necessary.
You could also purchase a few sets of inexpensive alphabet flashcards and use them although you may run into duplicate word and picture combinations. This would probably provide you with enough for a home based activity. I needed so many cards for each letter because my students were in groups of five for centers and I wanted them to have a variety to choose from for activities.
Here are some of my Halloween word cards, as you can see I changed to a font in which the a is formed in a way more similar to basic printing.
There are many uses for word cards:
- Introduce a new letter of the week by holding them up one at a time during circle time.
- Combine several from different letter sets and then sort by beginning letter into a pocket chart
- Say the word and clap syllables
- Use with alphabet playdoh stamps and stamp words into playdoh
- Use with alphabet letter stamps and stamp the words
- Make a set with one from each letter, provide with an alphabet strip, and put them in ABC order
- Use with magnetic letters and have the kids use the card to make words, the side of a filing cabinet works great for this.
- If yours are laminated, students can trace over them with dry erase markers
- Use to practice writing on a variety of surfaces such as dry erase boards, magna doodles, and mini books (an example of that follows)
I made mine on a word processing program and for themed picture dictionaries I'd add a little clip are to jazz it up a bit. The child adds the letter to the title and their name. Then they chose five to seven words that begin with our letter of the week.