Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

The Bug is working on a weekly letter study at school this year, so suddenly reading has become VERY important in our house. She was one of those kids that knew her letters and would memorize books, but something magical happens around the age of four when kids start to put symbols and letter sounds together — and realize they can make meaning.

I think I’ve shared before that my graduate training was in literacy development and technology. I’m not a ‘kill and drill’ with flashcards kind of mom, but when my child shows interest in learning — well, I definitely want to foster that interest!

One of the most important pre-reading skills is understanding how print works. We read from left to right, top to bottom. Often times, kids have trouble understanding that concept (have they ever written their name backwards?) or get lost in a mess of black type on a white page. This simple bookmark craft doubles as a reading buddy. Use it to model reading for the child that is just learning their letters and sounds. Give it to your child who knows their sight words and is taking on longer sentences as a tool to help them keep their place!

{And because I’m not Martha, I used every shortcut on the planet here… Simple design. Easy to make!}

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

Supplies

  • Craft Sticks (I bought the colored ones, but you could paint or decorate plain ones!)
  • Two-Inch Punch Shape (We used hearts)
  • Bug Punch Shape (You could also cut out shapes or simply draw them)
  • Colored Card Stock
  • Glue

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

How To Make a Reading Buddy

Using your large punch, make a heart (or whatever shape you picked!) out of colored cardstock. You can always free-hand cut these, too. Cut your smaller shapes out of a contrasting color.

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

Then glue your shapes together, and glue the shapes to the stick. Be sure the stick is a bright color. You want to create a strong contrast between the page/print and the buddy. You can let your child get super creative and decorate with markers, glue, ‘jewels,’ or stickers.

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

There you have it. Easy peasy.

As I mentioned earlier, you can use the Book Bug in a variety of ways: Use it to model reading for the child that is just learning their letters and sounds. Just slide it down the page as you read the words aloud.

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

Give it to your child who knows their sight words and is taking on longer sentences as a tool to help them keep their place as they read. Will help build reading fluency, too!

And, of course, it makes a great bookmark.

Let's Learn to Read! Make a Reading Bug Book Buddy - (cool) progeny

If you have a reluctant reader, create a reading buddy that features their favorite character, shape, animal, and/or color.

Happy Reading!