Word Building Lesson with Video

Word Building.  Do you do it with your homeschooler?  I’m sure you have here and there, but adding this to your daily schedule, for just 5 minutes, really boosts some basic phonetic skills!

Here are just a few of the things you can review everyday:

  • Sight words
  • Letter sounds
  • Vowels v. Consonants
  • Rhyming
  • Decoding
  • Syllables
  • Spelling

The list goes on!  You can make this activity as basic or advanced as your student needs.  Below are some pictures and captions of what’s happening.  I also followed those up with a video of me doing our daily lesson with my Kindergarten student.  (He’s a little into the camera…if you can’t tell!  LOL)

We started with our last name. S-C-H-M-I-D-T-B-E-R-G-E-R!. Whew.

You could also start with:

  • Child’s first name
  • Title of a book you are reading
  • City you live in
  • Favorite snack
  • You could also make it a game (we’ve done this) and have your child draw out of a bucket 3-5 consonant and 1-2 vowels and build words from those!)

All you’ll need are magnetic ABC letters.  However, you can easily just print off cards or letter tiles you’ve typed up in a document and printed.  I use this classroom set from Lakeshore due to several children, our long last name, and my acute obsession with school supplies:

Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit


I start off with my son creating a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word that I tell him to create using the letters from the word. (See video).


I’ll then ask him to change that word to another by changing just one of the sounds/letters.


New word!

I asked him to change ‘met’ to ‘bet’….whoops! Those lowercase d’s and b’s and tricky! Try again…


Ding! Ding! Ding!!

See the video below for more of our lesson.  I move quick to keep him focused (but the camera didn’t help today!)




  1. Kelly Thomas says:

    He is adorable…a real ham:-). Great lesson! I love the little one’s commentary on the word “hit”.

  2. tammy corica says:

    thanks for sharing, very helpful to this first time (nonteacher) of a homeschoolin mama!

  3. Great resource. Definitely great way to teach using multi-sensory methods. Good Job Mom!

  4. We have that same letter set. It is so valuable when teaching them to sound out words! Great ideas!

  5. Great video! Magnetic letters are definitely a must-have. 🙂

  6. Meridith Hart says:

    Cute video! Like the aside “my 3 year old is playing with box” made me chuckle! So cute. really good idea and video!

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