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First Words to Read

This morning at breakfast Bruce(6.5), Jenna(2.5) and I discovered our neighbor’s Alaskan Huskie standing on our deck and staring at us through the sliding glass door. I bet you can guess what our Morning Message was about today!

After we had dropped Bruce off at the bus stop, Jenna had a second go at breakfast, and we re-read the Morning Message together. While she sat there munching on her corn flakes, I whipped together two Consonant Vowel Consonant flip books to correspond with the morning’s adventures.

Before when I have made CVC books for Jenna, I have used construction paper, a stapler, and a little bit of thought and time. But today I just whipped them together in five minutes. If they only last a couple of days and then get recycled, that’s okay! They do not have to be perfect or last forever. Their direct correlation to the present is what makes them so powerful.

Here are some pictures from our -at book:

In a classroom setting I use to have store-bought CVC flip books for children to work with, but homemade ones are even better! We saw a dog in our backyard today. Jenna asked me to make a dog book. Then she asked me to make a cat book. These words have meaning to Jenna, and that is what makes this a fun and joyful Constructivist activity, as opposed to a generic, prepackaged reading lesson.


  1. MissMOE says:

    Oh my daughter would love to live next door to a huskie. One of her greatest ambitions in life is to own a huskie! I remember making flip books like that after drooling over the very expensive ones at an educational store.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      My kids did love yesterday’s visitor. But it was quite startling at first because it was like looking outside and seeing a wolf staring at you!

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