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    Je lis et j'écris, avec le tapis

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    Grade 1 students use vocabulary cards to practise reading and writing. As these can be awkward to store and carry around, the children came up with a solution. Divided into teams, the students first discussed their ideas at home and in class before presenting a reading mat prototype. The best ideas from each were retained and combined to make the perfect product: a cloth reading mat sufficiently robust and compact that it could it would fit on a student's desk.

    A word bag attached to the mat held all the vocabulary cards. These could be inserted into transparent vinyl strips that would secure the cards in place, thus preventing them from sliding out or getting mixed up. The students using the reading mat were better organized and found it easier to concentrate on their homework!

    Level of education

    Primaire 1er cycle (1ère et 2e année)

    Students involved

    22 Students

    Nature of the project

    Produit

    Results observed

    The reading mat was a tool to help students become organized and manage their homework time. Parents said that the reading mat had stimulated their child's interest in school. In addition to resolving the initial problem, the reading mat had other functions that improved and added variety to reading and writing lessons. The reading mat was a sturdy, effective storage device!

    Involvement and support

    The project owed its success in large part to the support of the school staff, the students' parents and the Cercle des Fermières.

    Major steps

    • Problems associated with the vocabulary cards discussed in class and at home
    • Prototypes made by teams 
    • Committees struck, with school staff and parents becoming involved
    • Mats made

    Project materials needed

    • Fabric
    • Transparent vinyl strips 
    • Sewing machine

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad area of learning

    Subject areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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