- 18-20 cards, approximately 8 ½” x 3”
- A broad-tipped pen
How to Make: On each individual card, in lower-case letters, print the following commands: walk, run, sit, stand, jump, hop, skip, talk, tap, sing, come here, sit down, be quite, stand up, lie down, bring me a book, pick up the pencil, close the door, open the door, etc.
- First introduce the one-word command cards, one at a time. Point to the command and tell the child what it says.
- Let the child act out what it says.
- As the child comes to recognize each command it becomes necessary only to hold a particular card up silently, and let him obey.
- As the one-word commands become easy for the child, gradually introduce the sentence commands in the same way.
Purpose: To associate the written word with the action to prepare for reading.