Tuesday, August 2, 2011

12 minute reading notebook

Do you have a little one who is learning to read?
i do.

Mr. Green boy loves putting sounds together, figuring words out, and making up weird words that have no meaning, but sound silly.
He also doesn't like me to help him.

So I decided he needed some fun way to practice all on his own ...
and maybe, just maybe he'll include me every once in a while.

In preparations for my trip to Colorado, I pulled together a little game Mr.Green boy can play while we are doing all our waiting at the airport.
(I used approximately 12 minutes from start to finish)

What you will need:
a spiral bound 3x5 card notebook (cost less than $2)

black sharpie
Measure your top card into three even sections
then cut the first card into those 3 sections.
Use the cut cards to measure the rest ...

don't cut them one at a time, grab as many cards as you can cut through effectively to use your time wisely.
Finish cutting through the rest of your cards.
(now keep in mind as we fill these cards that I am NOT an English major -
so be forgiving if I leave out some critical part of the sounding out/word creating process.)

On the first section of cards you are going to write all your alphabet letters a-z excluding letters
such as u, q, and x.
(letters that either don't start a word or would be confusing to your child
even if they were creating a made up word).

You also need to include sh, ch, th and wh in the first section of cards.

On the second section of cards you are going to write all your vowels.
I wrote them in uppercase and lowercase,
just to give Mr. green boy more options.

On the third section of cards you are going to write your alphabet letters a-z including sh, and th.
Then you are done and ready to hand over the notebook to those little eager minds.

Mr. Green boy has already had a LOT of fun with this little inexpensive and fast project.

So now....


Nebuchudnessar said...

That is such a great idea, I will use that when my daughter is old enough :)

Maggie said...

this is an excellent idea for toddlers and will work for adult literacy as well.
I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
Have a great week,

Anonymous said...

Not only is this a WONDERFUL idea, it's also timed perfectly for the lowest prices on office supplies!! I love this!! My son started Kindergarten today, and I'm going to show this to his teacher tomorrow....


(and forgive all the extra !!! but it's been kind of manic all day, lol)

Dominoe said...

Heather, I love this idea! I need to make one for Alyssa!

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