After saying the first card, teach students "drop, plop, scooch."
- Pick up card #1 and drop it above card #2 on the rug.
- Pick up the whole stack and plop it on top of card #1.
- Scooch the pile back where it was before, then rest (one beat of silence) before beginning the new card.
The first couple of times, as you and the students move the cards, say the words "drop, plop, scooch, rest," out loud. After that, everyone will do it together silently. Students don't hear this repeatedly but focus on the rhythms you are all reading on the cards.
Some of the ideas in this step were contributed by Jessica Lackey (USA)