I teach first graders who are just learning to read. The problem is they are learning to read in a language they have not quite mastered speaking yet – so a lot of times they can sound out a word, but they have no idea what that word means. One way I combat this in my classroom is through my word family products. I use word wall cards, making words centers and self correcting puzzles for each word family that my class studies, and all of the pieces contain the same picture for the same word. This consistency helps my students remember what those words mean.