For those who didn’t read yesterday’s post, for the first few weeks of the school year I was changing out the available tools on LittleMan’s shelves every week, leaving them bare on the weekends. This was a source of stress for me to come up with new activities for his shelves on top of changing out his box lessons every day, SunnyGirl’s tot trays every week, and their sensory bin(s) every week. To make it worse, LittleMan didn’t really seem to interested in some of the options that were put out for him! After some thinking and some talking with LittleMan I decided to continue with our box system as that is working well for us, but to remove the additional activities for awhile, and instead offer permanent stations for basic skills which we are constantly working on: cutting, reading, and writing.
I will share one station per day for the next 3 days. Today’s station, reading.
I’ve written about our free Starfall early readers before, up until now they’ve always been kept in a drawer and only brought out when in use. That system made it difficult for LittleMan to retrieve them without my help and, lets face it, out of sight usually means out of mind. This new system makes them more easily accessible and keeps them at his eye level at all times.
Just like with our cutting station yesterday, I re-purposed an organizer for this project.
In the organizer we have our early readers, pointers, a three letter words flip book, and a small sight word ball.
We previously only had one pointer, a popsicle stick with a googly eye at the end.
I’d been planning for some time now to make a variety of different pointers for LittleMan to choose from.
The kick in the pants I needed to finally make all the pointers was a post I saw on Facebook about these highlighter sticks made from transparent file dividers.
Our flip book is something I made months ago.
Its simply a book of index cards that I altered to work on cvc words. I cut all the pages into 3 sections and wrote letters on each, a-z on all three sections. He can flip the different parts and create any 3 letter word.
Since our sight word ball was such a roaring success, I decided to make a smaller version for our reading station.
It is hard to tell in this picture because of the glare but face-to-face the words are very clear.
Check back tomorrow to see how we put together a permanent writing station. If you haven’t already, read yesterday’s post to see how we put together our cutting station.
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