Word families (also known as phonograms) are groups of words that have a common feature or pattern. For example bat, cat, hat, sat are a family of words with the "at" sound. Learning word families really helps children develop their reading skills. As emergent readers recognize word patterns they are able to chunk the sounds instead of sounding out each letter, promoting fluency. Fluency is so important because by reading faster and smoother, children enjoy reading more!