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When your child is in the crucial stage between knowing her sounds and being able to make the cognitive jump and start sounding out consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words, one of the easiest things you can do to help is make CVC Flip Books.
They’re free, easy, and fun.
(Okay, they’re only kind-of fun. Just be sure to keep the activity to five minutes or less.)
Here’s an example of CVC flip book I made last year, which has been one of my most popular Pinterest pins ever:
When I was a teacher, I made flip books for students all the way up to third grade. They can become increasingly more complex as you go along.
If you are working with a really young learner like Jenna, make sure to write everything in lower case letters except for B/D/P/and Q. Those letters are really confusing in lower case form.
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.