ED has finished her phonics programs and is now moving into independent reading. I was chatting with my friend and she had a wonderful idea to encourage this new-found independence. She suggested creating a reading garden.
ED decided she wanted flowers, puppies and kittens in her garden. I chose some coloring pages, reduced them to the size I wanted, and printed them out. Whenever ED finishes reading a book on her own, she cuts out one of the characters, fills in the title of the book and glues it onto her garden.
Of course, if you have a child wild about trains they could have at train track and add train cars… or add stars to a night scene… or add leaves to a tree… or add colorful raindrops under a rainbow… You get the idea!
You could use clipart from SweetClipart.com to create a scene like this for your kids:
My older two asked why they didn’t get to do this when they were new independent readers! ED’s been really proud to see her progress. Pretty soon we’ll have to add another row for her.