Word Cards


The (ahem) elders in my family tell a story about my apparent stubbornness even back in Kindergarten. Even though I was already reading I apparently flat-out refused to learn any of the words my teacher instructed the class to learn. No sight words, no new words, nothing. I would just refuse to do it. When asked why, I said definitively that I wanted to choose my own words and didn't want to learn hers (we had some issues, me and Mrs. Angstat). From then on I had a word box, a box of index cards with words that I chose for myself to learn and none of the teachers words.

Not that I am expecting trouble from the soon-to-be Kindergartner in my house but, he does seem to take after me in the stubborn/I want to do it my way category. So, I have created some word cards for him.

There is a place to put a newly learned word (either his teachers or his own), a place to practice writing it, and some upper and lower case letters for reference. I figure either we will use these to encourage him to choose his own words (like his mama) or we will use them to highlight words he learns in K.
I designed them and laid them out on an 8.5x11 sheet and then printed them on some cream card stock I had laying around. There are red, blue, and two shades of green. My hope is that when he gets a new word he will be excited about writing it on the card and hanging it up on the fridge for all to see. These will go in the Schultute that we are making him for the start of school.

Do you have a new reader/writer in your house? Want the cards for yourself? Here you go. This will download a pdf with each of the 4 colors. Just print on to card stock and cut out and you will have some for yourself.


Naen,  August 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

Amazing! You've definately taken this concept to a new level from pieces of contruction paper and a coffee can! I hope he has as much fun with his word cards as you did with yours. Love the Schultute idea!

Densie August 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

Great idea! Try playing a board game called Er-u-di-tion that incorporates both sight words and phonics.

This award winning game helps children learn to read, spell and understand the most common words in the English language while playing an entertaining board game.

Cards are categorized so children of all reading levels can play together!

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