February 12, 2013

Building a Word-a-Pillar



Word Caterpillars are not new; I have seen them all over the internet as a fun alternative to a basic word wall.  I had intended making one for my kids as soon as we started learning Sight Words, but that didn't happen. Then again when I found some new sight word work to try. Still didn't happen.  Now we have done a few weeks worth of these new worksheets, and I finally started! I guess it seemed like too daunting of a task! 

Luckily my procrastination led to a fun result.  We had so many words to start our caterpillar with that we were able to play a little game to do it! I made and laminated all the current words then laid them in a pile face down on the floor.  The girls took turns drawing words. If they could read the word they drew they got to hang in on the caterpillar! This was VERY exciting to the girls! I guess there is something special about getting to tape something to the wall (or door frame in this case).



We kept going until most of the words were up.  They got stuck on the word "here," so I got to hang it up! 


Now it is easy to review words, plus since the circles are laminated we can take them now at any time to play a new game of Build a Word-a-Pillar!

Want to make your own Word-a-Pillar? Here is the PDF version of mine (so far); I will add files as I get them made!



43 comments:

  1. Fun! Yes please, post the files...I could see this being a hit with the daycare crowd here.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I added the PDF to download. Please let me know if you have any trouble with it!

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  2. Oh yes, yes, yes, YES!!! If you post the templates, at least, that would sure save me the time of crafting up my own! That would be so wonderfully nice of you... :0)

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I added the PDF to download. You may be able to change them from that. Otherwise I will just try to get more up as soon as I can!

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  3. Love this! How fun!
    New follower from Homeschool Blogging Mom's, hope you follow back!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Crystal! I will certainly return the favor!

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  4. I love your post and the pictures! My children are teens now (except for my 10-year-old), and I remember years ago when we made a caterpillar like this. :) Nice memories.

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    1. Thank you Erika! It is my first try at really making anything to use for school! I think he turned out pretty cute! :)

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  6. This is a cute Idea. I think I might adapt it a bit and use number and or letters since my son is 2 and a half. Thanks for coming to link up at We Three Crabs!

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    1. Yes you could use for a variety of things! I'm sure it will still be adorable. If you want to try to edit my pdf feel free! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I have seen word walls in classrooms... but this is way cuter!

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    1. Thanks! I think he looks pretty cute, and the girls seem happy with him!

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  8. Super cute! All of our sight words are in a box somewhere... sigh... I wish mine were circular, love the caterpillar idea. Ours our rectangular... I guess it could be a train?! May have to get them out for practice!

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    1. Thanks! A train would be cute too. :)

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  9. Oh, we are a big fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and this word-a-pillar would be a fun addition to our homeschool space.

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    1. I hope you print it out then! I will be adding new words as I make them! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. That is so much fun! I did a word chain, but it really gets too long! That little caterpillar is so cute. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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    1. It is going to be huge by the time I get all the words made! I may have to print another head and make a second one!

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  11. I love this!! So much fun! Thank you for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! Another great idea!

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  12. I was going to do a site word book tonight, but this looks more fun and I can leave it up in the little one's room. Excellent. Thanks for sharing. :)

    I'm visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I hope you come back to get the additions when I finish them!

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  13. This is absolutely adorable ~ pinning this one for later!!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  14. This is a fantastic idea and laminating them is perfect!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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  15. I'm always looking for cute ideas to use as enrichment for my grandchildren. This is perfect for the 4 year old twin boys who are just learning to read and probably wouldn't be interested in practicing unless a fun game like this is involved. Thank you!

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    1. I hope this gets them interested! Hopefully I will add more words this week! Thanks for visiting!

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  16. I used to do a word wall in my Kindergarten classroom every year but this is so much cuter and takes up less space! It's always more fun to practice sight words if they look appealing. I think I'm going to post the wordapillar low on my kitchen cabinets so that the children can touch the words as they practice them. Thanks for the great idea!

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  17. Hi! I'm working with Janine now too to co-host Mom's library. This week I featured some tips for learning letters in meaningful ways and I included your word-a-pillar. I LOVE it and I can't wait to make one for my kids! Thanks!
    http://www.ready-set-read.com/2013/02/tips-for-learning-letters-in-meaningful.html

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    1. Hi Jackie! I didn't realize you had joined; welcome! I will be sure to stop by!

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  18. This is WAY cute! I will be sharing this with my Facebook readers later today here: https://www.facebook.com/LivingLifeIntentionally

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF and have a GREAT week =-)
    Beth

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    1. Thanks so much Beth! Have a wonderful week!

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  19. What a great idea!! I love it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and hosting Carrie!

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  20. He turned out **awesome**!! We have the same procrastination issue with a word caterpillar I've been intending to put on our wall--now I totally want to laminate them first too! That's such a great idea!!

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    1. They are really cute, so I hope you get yours made! Thanks for visiting!

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  22. SO cute! I'd love to use this, but can't seem to be able to get the files to save into my own folder. I've never used that 4share site before, so I'm a little confused, I guess! lol But again, thanks so much for sharing!!

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