Please welcome Faige, from Edu Art 4 Kids. She is sharing an early literacy activity today: creating early reading books.
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Book making seems to be a very popular activity. Just take a look on Pinterest to see how many pins there are about how to make books. It was interesting therefor, how long it took me to find an image of a very inexpensive blank book.
With simple books like these, you can make what I call Early Reading Books.
- They learn that reading is talk written down.
- They get a wonderful feeling about reading and a sense of ownership of their own book.
- They begin learning the mechanics of writing especially, if you point it out to them when you write what they say. Periods, commas, capital letters and left to right progression are just some of what they pick up.
- You get to spend quality time with your children with a great activity and no mess.
There are many sophisticated ways to create books. The children can sew books, create beautiful art covers for them and add all sorts of journalistic ideas and artwork to their books.These books however, are truly very simple.
All you need are a few pieces of computer paper, a colored piece of construction paper and a stapler. You put the construction paper on top of about 4-5 sheets of plain white paper, fold them over and staple them on the side and voila! there is the book. (I have on occasion sewn them to keep them together better).
Now comes the part that little ones love.
They draw and then dictate to you what they drew.
The books can be about almost anything.
What I find works best is either books about their families or books about a trip they took.
You can either have the child make a picture on one page and write the words on the other or else draw a line on the last 1/4 of the page and reserve that space for the writing.
These books work very well for traumatic incidents. I once taught a child who had a robbery in her house. she could not stop talking about it until I made a book with her about it and she was able to process the traumatic event.
As a teacher I also used to make books with large groups of children and as they were for the whole class I would photocopy each page, collate them, staple them and then send them home as a class book.
To give you an idea of how you can do this below are some images of some books we made many years ago.
The first one is the first way we would do it. Have the child draw the picture and then write what they said.
At that time this class of 5 yr olds was learning inventive spelling where they would write purely phonetically. In the two samples of pictures below 2 children child wrote their own dictation with phonetic rendition. We then typed in (yes we had typewriters in those days) the actual words so the parents could read them as well.
These were done in a horizontal format but, the individual children’s books are usually more vertical.
The children love these books and I remember one parent telling me that her Kindergarten daughter was taking her book to bed with her at night.
There are many topics you can choose and if your child can’t think of one on her/his own then feel free to make suggestions.
When you write it is very important to write clearly and legible as this their beginning exposure to the written word.
Some very imaginative children will create very imaginative, made up stories and really young children may just make designs and tell you things like “this is a balloon”. The older they get the more they learn to string together a cohesive story.
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