I love homemade learn-to-read resources. This is a throw-back from my teaching days. I had seen wheels like this in our reading curriculum (don’t ask me what it was – it was over a decade ago). Basically, the concept of the wheel is that one letter is stationary and your child can rotate the wheels to create a new word or blend of a word. We made our own reading wheel with the help of two different sizes of cups, a button and needle and thread.
- We used a cereal bowl to trace a medium sized circle
- The kids cups made a great small circle.
- Make an extra small circle and cut it in half, then chop off the ends to make a tab.
Steps in creation:
- You want to poke a hole through the center of both circles.
- Using the button and the tab, create a sandwich of the pieces. So that the circle “wheels” are both able to move, but the tab stays stationary.
Labeling the Reading Wheel with Consonants and Vowels:
We made different wheels with different vowels in the center or with different beginning/ending letters. You can also use letter blends to create the wheels.
Do you have a favorite homemade learning resource? Share it in the comments!