Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homemade Sentence Maker

Since we have had 'keep inside' weather this weekend, I took the opportunity to make a little gem from my childhood, a Sentence Maker!!

Our kinder boy is learning his sight words but it was time to make sentences so I made this!

If you want to make one, here's how I did mine.

You need A4 charts of your words. I used open office, I used a table of 3 columns and 6 rows. Printed and laminated them and cut them out. Here's them on the computer:

Then I had two Manilla Files, they make the inner and outer sections of the folder. I chose to make mine landscape, not portrait.

Open one manilla file the way you want it. Landscape I was able to fit 4 rows to store the words and I chose 3 larger spaces for the sentences. Since the words I printed are quite large I'm going to add wings for extra storage space...

In pencil, rule out your 4 storage lines evenly on the inside on the top section. Leave a 1 cm margin to the outer left and right edges. Start from the centre crease and give yourself at least 2 cm on space from centre fold to the first line, you are going to need the space later. Rule up the lines you want in the bottom section for the sentence lines.

With a knife cut these lines, both top and bottom section.

After you have finished cutting all the lines. Turn file over so you are looking at the outside and 1 cm below each cut line add double sided tape BENEATH this line. This gives you the pocket space for the words to be stored in. The photo below is of my winged section and the double sided tape appears to be on the wrong side of the bottom section. It is as I will be cutting this in half and turning over for a left and right wing.

Have the second manilla file open in the same direction that you are making this in, again for me landscape, expose the other side of the tape and carefully lay the sticky side into the open folder, top section first.

Smooth out top section and fold in half to smooth bottom section. This is because the two pieces need to fold.

That's it! One sentence maker! Add wings if you have lots of words if you like.
Kinder boy made his sentence!

Closing it up...

1 comment:

Julia said...

That is a great idea! I see a project for a rainy day this week for my kinder DD and I to make...