Reading Karate is a spin-off of how some music teachers do Recorder Karate. As students read minutes you tie ribbons to a paint stick. I have it set that every 400 minutes students earn minutes. Another component, that you do not have to do, is assign beads to different reading genres. As students read a new or certain genere book, they earn a bead to tie onto their earned belt. The paint sticks look pretty awesome even at the end of the first quarter. My local hardware store happily donated a class set of paint sticks to me for this yearlong project. I painted mine white. HAVE FUN. Edit to your liking!