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The Essential Guide to Teaching Compound Words

blue mailbox teaching compound words

What do a milkshake, a mailbox, and a notebook have in common?

Actually, nothing … except that they all happen to be compound words.

Most of the time, compound words are easy to tackle if we think of them as two smaller words that are combined to form a new word.

milk + shake = milkshake
mail + box = mailbox
note + book = notebook

But compound words can cause confusion for beginning readers and spellers, so here are some practical tips for teaching them.

Look for the Two Smaller Words

Teach your child how to look for the two smaller words in the compound word.

One easy way to do this is with letter tiles. Build a compound word such as bathtub using the tiles.

teaching compound words with letter tiles

Explain to your child that the word bathtub has two smaller words in it, and invite him to find those two smaller words. Letter tiles are great for this activity because your child can separate the compound word into two words, like this:

teaching compound words with letter tiles 2

Suddenly, longer words are no longer scary! See why I love letter tiles so much? You can practice this concept with fun words like sandbox, anthill, backpack, and windmill. This is a wonderful method for helping students visualize the words that form compound words.

Use Hands-on Activity Sheets

Here are two activities from All About Reading Level 1, Lesson 40, that you can download and use with your child.

Compound Words - All About Reading

Download “Bird Friends”

Cut out the branch and the birds. Lay the birds on the table and mix them up. Have your child should select two matching birds and set them on the branch side by side. Then have your child read the resulting compound word.


Compound Words - All About Reading

Download “Chop-Chop”

Cut out the knife and the foods. Have your student pretend to cut each compound word between its two smaller words. Read each smaller word, and then the compound word.

Strengthen Visual Memory

Spelling compound words can be a bit trickier than reading them, so the next step is to strengthen your child’s visual memory.

When your child is spelling, it isn’t always clear when he should combine two words into one. This process is made more difficult by the fact that there are actually three kinds of compound words:

  • Closed compounds such as notebook.
  • Open compounds such as high school.
  • Hyphenated compounds such as jack-in-the-box.

In All About Spelling and All About Reading, we focus on closed compounds, and help your child recognize common closed compounds by building his visual memory. The Practice Sheets in All About Reading and the Word Banks in All About Spelling are excellent tools to do just that.


Compound Words - All About Reading

Here’s a downloadable sample from All About Reading Level 1.

For concentrated practice reading compound words, download the sample and have your child read across several lines of words each day.

Of course, reading word lists isn’t all that exciting. Reading a short story about a sassy cat, on the other hand, is a much more engaging way to practice reading compound words! Here’s the first story with compound words that beginning readers encounter in All About Reading Level 1.

The more familiar your student becomes with compound words, the easier it will be for him to succeed when it comes time to spell them.

And that leads us to a tip for teaching children to spell compound words:

Provide Oral Clues

To increase your child’s awareness of compound words during spelling dictation, provide prompts such as “This next sentence has a compound word.” After your child sees closed compound words in print a number of times, he’ll begin to get a sense of when to combine two smaller words into one.

The bottom line when teaching compound words is practice, practice, practice! But make practice a joy by incorporating letter tiles, activity sheets, short reading selections, and spelling dictation “hints.”

What are your favorite ways to practice compound words? Let me know in the comments, and then download our free printable Banana Splits game.

Banana Splits Game

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I’m looking forward to improving my son’s ability to recognize compound words.

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Have not taught compound words yet, but this sounds like a fun way to do it.

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I try to find a passage with many compound words, or write one myself, then have students find them after we read the text together, writing a list. Who found the most? Practice saying them and go over meaning. Use a few in sentences. Then I give students a list of compound words and ask them to create their own story using as many as possible, working in pairs or small groups. No, I’m not a homeschooler, but I love your tips. You’re fabulous.

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These sound like fun ways to work with compound words and practice reading and writing with them. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Stacey!

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My daughter gets tripped up by compound words where the first word has a double letter at the end. She was leaving it off because it isn’t “at the end” with the second word stuck onto it, but I have been prompting her until she does it on her own.

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Compound words really are tricky. Time, with lots of exposure to compound words in both reading and in spelling, is the key. Kids have to decide, “Is this just a two syllable word, or is it a compound word, or is it two words?” Even as adults we don’t always agree on this. You’ll see homeschool as a compound word or as two words (“home school”). Is it “payday” or “pay day”? This week I saw “Face Book” in our church bulletin. Keep your eyes open and I’m sure you’ll find other examples in adult writing of compound word troubles.

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We’ll be starting compound words next week! Thank you for this! I’ll definitely be using the activities you posted above!

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We are working on Level 2, Step 5, syllable division rules. I am having a hard time explaining why words like invent and napkin aren’t considered compound words, even though they are build from two words. Do both words in the compound word need to pertain to the final word (ie. “milk” and “man” both pertain to a “milkman,” whereas “in” and “vent” have nothing to do with “invent”)? Thank you for any insight you can provide!

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Kate,
This is some pretty deep thinking about the words, and good analysis work. Great question!

Napkin isn’t a compound word because it was not made up from the words nap and kin. It simply has syllables that sound and are spelled the same as those two smaller words. We often have have syllables in multisyllable words that are the same as short one syllable words. There are only so many sounds and letters in English, so each syllable cannot be unique. (The etymology of napkin is from Old French’s “nappe” which meant tablecloth.)

Invent is formed from the prefix “in” and the word part “venire” from Latin. When prefixes are introduced in AAS 3, you will find “in” in the set of prefixes. However, we don’t use the word vent (from the Latin “venire” meaning come) by itself. It’s a word part that is always used with prefixes, such as advent, invent, event, prevent, and many, many more. The word vent, meaning an opening to let out air, is from Latin “ventus” by way of Old French before it came to us. It has a different meaning and usage as the word part vent, meaning to see or come.

Compound words are made up of two smaller words that have a more recent formation. Hotdog and blacktop are both quite recent, but even whitewash and milkman are recent in the big scheme of languages. You can also tell the difference in whether one of the syllables is frequently used in other multisyllable words as a prefix, suffix, or other reoccurring word part. You don’t see that reoccurrence with most compound words.

I hope this clears things up for you and your students. If not, please let me know and I’ll attempt further.

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I like to use puzzles and interactive foldables with pictures of the small words to be joined to make the compound words. I find children have fun making the foldables and putting together the puzzles. The pictures also help visual learners set the two small words and thus bring greater understanding to the concept of a compound word has small words that make a new word.

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We enjoy the extra activities you offer for free, like the Banana Split Game, very much. Just today we were practicing vowels using one such game. Compound words so far have been easy for my children, although the younger one is yet to study them formally. But I wonder if you have any tips about the open compound words, which I just learned about in this post. Never too late to learn something new! I sometimes wonder if a certain common phrase would be a whole word (closed compound) or two separate words. Is that simply a visual memory thing, where you need to see and memorize as many as you can, or are there any tips about recognizing them? Thank you.

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Typically, a compound word becomes closed when its meaning changes to something different than what the two separate words mean. Take hotdog (a kind of food). It is completely different than a hot dog (a very warm canine). However, when in doubt the only way to be sure is to use a dictionary, or dictionary app.

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Julie Blankenship

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We are using all about reading level 2. So far we really enjoy this program. I love how open and go it is.

Elizabeth

says:

Love the email info. Would love to see these books in person.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Elizabeth,
Although I know it’s not the same as seeing things in person, you can check out our online samples. You can go to the product pages on our website to find links for samples of each product. Here are a couple to get you started:
All About Reading samples and scope and sequence links
All About Spelling samples and scope and sequence links

Also, we do have a 1-year, 100% satisfaction guarantee when you order from our website. If you decide to try one of our products and it just doesn’t work for you and your children, you are free to return the product (even used), for a refund of your purchase price.

Thanks for your interest!

Deborah

says:

AAS has taught my kids and ME!

CC

says:

I would like to try this program. We are struggling with our current curriculum. I have a second grader.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

CC,
Let us know if we can help with placement or anything else.

Lesley

says:

Just got our first pack and can’t wait to get started with my daughter…may see how it goes with my son too!

Natalie Slade

says:

We love your program! Thanks for these helpful tips!

Lidia Wagner

says:

This program has been a life saver with my dyslexic child. She absolutely loves it!

Joy

says:

Perfect timing for this post as we just started compound words. Thank you! :)

Rebecca Schoon

says:

My kids and I love your reading program! I love that it makes it easy for them to learn and they love that it is so much fun!

Cris

says:

I love AAS!

Yvette Townsend

says:

AAS and AAR have been a perfect fit for all of our children from the prolific reader to our sweet dyslexic. A perfect fit for the whole family!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Yvette,
Thank you very much for sharing this! People tend to know that AAR and AAS will help struggling learners, but are surprised to learn it works equally as well with advanced learners. They just move through it faster.

Diana Matlock

says:

I love all your freebies to help my kids engage and enjoy reading and spelling! I am so glad I found your program.

Fran

says:

Our preschooler has really enjoyed the extra free activities on your blog, so glad I started this program! Our 9 year old’s spelling has already improved and we’re not even done with level 1 yet!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Fran,
This is great! However, it’s not uncommon. We have found that older struggling spellers are often missing some foundational concept. All About Spelling Level 1 covers these foundational concepts and students very often see immediate improvement in their spelling because of it.

Jennfer Swager

says:

Thank you for this post.

Shannon Egan

says:

Thank you Marie Ripple and all about learning. The tips are encouraging and the curriculum is so organized. Appreciate the service you all provide

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Shannon,
You are welcome. We are glad we can help and encourage.

Stacy

says:

Can’t wait to try AAR and AAS. I am excited to try the letter tiles with my dyslexic children.

Malia Reynolds

says:

I love the compound word freebie on this page! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to laminate these!

Carly

says:

We just received our All About Reading (level 2) parcel yesterday here in Australia. We have loved organising all our resources and got straight into lesson 1 – the physical hands on activities (like the open/closed door) really helped the concept stick. This is our first newsletter and blog post to read – such a wealth of useful ideas and resources! Thank you.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Carly. Have fun with AAR 2!

Deann

says:

Great tips, thank you!

Sandrine

says:

We are just getting started with compound words and we are practicing by circling the two words that form the compound word. Thank you for your suggestions and freebies on how to practice compound words. They sound fun and stress free.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Sandrine,
You’re welcome! Have fun with these.

Tracy

says:

This is just what we need. My oldest in In Level 2 Lesson 19 of All About Reading and could use a bit more practice with compound words. Thanks for the fun game!!!

Sarah

says:

Love the chop game! What a fun spin on breaking apart compound words!

dara

says:

Excited to try this.

Kamila

says:

Have never used the program but would love to if not too late. My boys are 11 & 9

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Kamila,
It’s not too late! I didn’t start All About Spelling with my oldest child until she was almost 10, and this program has been used with great success with teens and even adults. This blog post, Using All All About Spelling with Older Students, may be helpful for you.

Patricia A Mackie

says:

You’ve always got such great resources, so glad we found this program. The blog posts always seem to cover things we are covering such a great resource!

Alison

says:

This is perfect timing, we were just going to review compound words !! Thanks

Michelle

says:

I love your blog posts! They are always so helpful and come right when I need them!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Michelle,
Thank you! We strive for helpful and timely. :D

Julia Urban

says:

This post was super helpful! We are actually just working on compound words in AAR. My son has a hard time deciding when the first words ends and the next begins in compound words, but using letter tiles is much easier for him.

Thanks!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Julia,
The tiles do make a huge difference, and then as the child gains experience the compound words become so much easier to read on the page. The activities here help with that as well.

Mary

says:

Really loving All about Reading and Spelling and the confidence it is giving my dyslexic son. So nice to see him finally attempting, at nine years old, to read signs as we drive.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Mary,
This is great to hear! Tell him to keep up the wonderful progress!

Heather

says:

Love to make up and illustrate compound words!

stephanie

says:

AAS and AAR are the BEST and most complete programs out there. I absolutely love the way Marrie makes one of the most challenging things our little ones have to learn simple. The whole program is just so well put together from begining to end.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this lovely review, Stephanie.

Jeanette

says:

I wish I would have had this spelling and reading program with my older children. I am so impressed with how well my son is spelling. I really like it that it is based on the Orton Gillingham reading method, because we are a family that has dyslexia tendencies. I have one severe dyslexic. That is why I wish I would have had this when he was little. He can read, but it is slow.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Jeanette,
I know this feeling. My younger children have benefited so much from All About Reading and All About Spelling.

Noor

says:

This is so helpful. Thanks

Amber

says:

Great method!

Julie

says:

Do you have any tips on knowing when a compound word is open or hyphenated, or is it more a matter of visual memory through using the words?

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Julie,
Great question!

Sadly, there is no hard and fast rule for knowing when a compound word is open, closed, or hyphenated. Often it is a progression in the usage of the words from open, to hyphenated, to closed. Homeschool is my favorite modern example. If you look at the older books on the subject, it is “home school” (I’m thinking some of the late ’70s and early 80’s titles). It was often home-school when I first started researching it in the late ’90s, but now it is firmly homeschool. Many closed compound words have had similar progressions.

I have noticed that compound phrases of more than two words are much more likely to stay hyphenated, such as merry-go-round and jack-in-the-box. You could argue that open compound words are just more of a noun with a modifier, such as high school or hair gel. Closed compound words are the most common, but using a dictionary (or dictionary app) is necessary if you are not sure.

Monica Hoover

says:

Love the bird and chop-chop games! Thanks for this post.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Monica. Have fun learning compound words together!

Kristina

says:

Thank you this information is so helpful!

Morgan

says:

Love the hands on activities!

Uyen chi

says:

This is so helpful! Thanks for the tips.

Jessica

says:

Thank you!

JP

says:

I’m working on keeping it fun. (Making it fun more like it). Enjoy the curriculum.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

JP,
I’m glad we can help you keep it fun!

AH

says:

Good ideas thanks!

Carrie

says:

This looks like a great method! I can’t wait to use these ideas for my kids! Thanks for sharing

Melissa

says:

I am grateful for the help All About Spelling has been to my dyslexic daughter. Thank you!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Melissa,
You are welcome, and it’s wonderful to be part of the company that has been such a help to your daughter.

Stefanie

says:

We love the program!

kelley worth

says:

love this .. thank you for sharing.

Rebekah

says:

This is what I did with my daughter and it worked very well.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thank you for sharing that this worked with your daughter, Rebekah!

Jenna

says:

My kids love these activities!

Malena Howe

says:

We are just about to do this unit. Thanks for the extra info.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Malena,
I love when our blog posts are timely for someone!

Renee

says:

I am halfway through teaching my daughter the pre reading level and we are really enjoying it! Compound words make me nervous, but I am sure we can do it with this program!!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Renee,
Don’t worry about compound words until you get there, and then trust the program. My kids that learned to read with All About Reading got compound words easily. It’s was a bit harder for them to know when to spell a compound word together and not as separate words, but All About Spelling helped them through that as well.

Monika

says:

Looks great, wish your materials were more affordable. Homeschooling five children on one self-employed income is not easy.

jennifer mathesz

says:

thx for the tips

Amanda

says:

We are about to start my son in all about reading level 1. I’m excited to get started!

Rachel R

says:

I love the idea of these and think my son would love them.

Sierra

says:

Best programs by far. We Have been using them for years.

Jill Morris

says:

We just started All About Spelling and my 5 yr old LOVES it!!! We will definitely be purchasing more of your products.

Nicole Cauffman

says:

Looking forward to using All About Reading!

Koyan

says:

Great resources to practice Compound Words!

Dena angeles

says:

These are great ideas that I can’t wait to implement. Thank you.

Julie

says:

We love All About Reading!! Can’t wait to try All About Spelling.

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