As kids learn letter sounds they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that.
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To make the word slider, I gathered a few supplies:
- A stack of blank index cards
- A roll of tape
- And an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of cardstock (construction paper would work well too).
On each of the index cards, I wrote a different three-letter word. I picked the words (bus, ant, cat, rug, fat, pop, sad) but the possibilities are really endless.
Then, I folded the cardstock to make an envelope (below) and stuck a piece of tape on one end to hold it down.
See?! I promised it was easy.
Word Slider in Action
I invited Middle Brother (age 5) to join me. Then, I slowly pulled a card out of the envelope one letter at a time and asked him to sound out the letters that appeared: s – u – n
Once all three letters were showing, I asked him to repeat the three sounds again faster and faster until he figured out the word on the card.
“Sun!” he called out excitedly.
With a quick thumbs up, I took out the card and replaced it with a new one so our fun could continue.
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