Movable Reading Card
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I came up with this idea when I observed my little boy struggle with his reading. I created an improvised reading tool to make it easier for him to read and pronounce the sounds of different letters.
- cardboard 6"x12"
- coloring materials
- cutter and scissors
- double sided tape
- sticker liner (yellow part of the sticker)
- 2 pieces white cardboard paper (legal sized)
- single puncher
- single paper fastener
- On a piece of cardboard paper, draw any type of vehicle you want. Then the 5 vowels and consonants with simple sounds such as M or S (it's easier to teach kids with the simplest sounds). Color, cut out, and then set aside.
- Cover whole piece of cardboard with another sheet of paper.
- At 1 1/2 inches from the bottom draw a straight line.
- Make a mark at 1 1/2 inches from the left and 3 inches from the right.
- Cut from end to end along the line you drew between the marks, using a cutter.
- Draw your preferred background design or setting.
- Be as creative as you can.
- As you can see in the picture, I have a welcome post with a space where I can place one vowel. This is where the car will stop. Cut a strip of sticker liner and stick it into the preferred space.
- Choose any portion where you can stick the rest of the vowels. Cut a strip of sticker liner and glue it into position.
- Get your letters and place double sided tape on each of their back sides. Stick them to where you chose to place the sticker liner.
- For the consonant put double sided tape on the back portion then take a strip of cardboard covered with sticker liner. Stick it into place.
- Get the car and make a single hole on its center bottom using a single puncher.
- Take the consonant letter and stick it into the back of the car, center top position.
- Insert fastener into car's hole and then straight right through the line. See attached photo.
- Lock the fastener. Start by holding the fastener from the back to move the car with the consonant on top. Let your kid identify the sounds of the consonant and the chosen vowel first.
As you move the car bringing the consonant with it, let 'em hum its sound and then make them stop with the sound of the chosen vowel as it stops. For example: If the car runs slowly the kid should slowly hum the letter "M" following the movement of the car. "M-m-m-m-m" then when it stops "a". Do it several times and go faster as you repeat the process until he reads the syllable directly as "ma". Replace letters as you wish.
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