This time, to teach my little one to read, I am following Academia de Spanglish Easy’s phonics course. Boy ain’t I glad I do! 😀 Thanks to the lovely Raquel, I have learnt heaps of things and discovered a lot of fun activities to engage my daughter. One of them is a common activity in UK primary schools: having the little readers design their own pointers using lollipop sticks.
These are a great way to motivate the child to read. They will look forward to using their very own pointer. It also allows some hand-on activity as part of their learning to read process, making it fun and not just a session of decoding sounds.
- None! They are easy-peasy to make!
- A glue-gun or extra-strong glue for all-kind of materials
- Lollipop sticks – either coloured ones or colour them with paint or markers
- Beads, sequins, ribbons, any pretty thing that you can glue and decorate with.
- Let your child pick their lollipop stick. If they are not coloured, let them either paint it or colour it in with markers.
- Let your child make their selection among the decorative items and decide how they want the items positioned on their lollipop stick.
- Glue the decorations and let it dry.
- Never throw away ribbons from gift boxes, beads from a broken necklace, broken earrings, loose sequins, funny tags, colourful tissue papers, etc… Store them away in a box, they will come in handy for improvised crafts sessions.
They have been such a hit in our home, that my daughters decided to create a whole collection of them (as per picture)! My eldest even claims that each one is for a special occasion or season, and switches pointer every day.