My belief is that when education is engineered on FUN will have a longer lifecycle than those that are boring and repetitive. No one remembers the boring stuff. It's the fun stuff that sticks in our heads. I made my VOCAword as a portable folder because I want to hang it in my kitchen as well as to take along.
I hope you enjoy this and let me know how it works for kids or even yourself.
To start you need:
colored construction paper
masking tape (or laminating sheets and a laminator)
hard and soft Velcro
scissors (titanium, nonstick scissors are awesome)
optional items are:
dry erase marker
Step 1: Making the Story Board
The storyboard is where all your vocabulary words will go on. Make is as creative as you like. You can opt for an under the sea theme or outer space. Use your imagination. If you want a more basic outside scenery then you can follow my instructions below.
1. Cut the edge off the file folder that is sticking out.
2. Align together and cut a sheet of blue paper to match the top portion of the file folder, app 2/3 of the top inside folder. Use masking tape in long strips to hold down the blue construction paper. Make sure to fully cover the blue paper in tape. Repeat for to get another piece of blue paper on the other side.
3. Fold and cut a sheet of green paper in half. Then place both pieces together and cut out a soft curved shape on the edge of the papers. Use masking tape hold the green paper as down on the lower portion of the file folder. Be sure to cover all of the green paper with masking tape.
4. Cut 7 long hard (rough) Velcro stripes and secure them to the story board as shown.