My daughter is in preschool and is learning to read. Most nights she brings home a new book for us to read and for the first 5 months of preschool, it was very frustrating to her. Fortunately since our personalities are almost the exact same, I understood her frustration. I mentioned to my husband that it’s just too easy to feel frustrated so she needed another way to try to learn. So he came up with the ideas to start making her own books and it has really helped ease her frustration about reading.
After weeks of warm weather in the middle of Winter, we finally received some snow, so she wrote this book about snow, rain, and a snowman.
To make the homemade books, I like to keep it simple.
- Paper, heavier paper works best
- Crayons, markers, pencils, pens, etc
- Scissors, especially fun design scissors
- Stamps, stickers, etc
First, my daughter cuts up the paper. Yes, it’s a little scary, but somehow in the last few years of her life, she’s only cut her hair twice (once on purpose, once on accident) and clothes twice. I’d say that’s a pretty good track record.
Next she colors pictures on each page of what she wants her story to be like. Once she’s done with that, an adult helps her write the words. We write whatever she says and don’t try to fix her grammar, however, we do try to help her think of small words that she would be able to read. Another option is to have the child write all of the words themselves.
Last, we take all of her pages, staple them together, and she reads the story!