Making simple books to teach skills is so simple and easy. These little books can be used to teach so many skills and used on different levels from pre-reading to independent reader. Most children enjoy making a book on something they are really interested in, and they want to read it. They enjoy gluing on pictures or drawing pictures to illustrate their story.
SKILLS THAT CAN BE TAUGHT BY MAKING SIMPLE BOOKS:
- Interest in looking at books because the child is interested in the subject matter
- How to hold a book and turn the pages
- Learning the parts of a book such as the cover, the title, the author
- Learning that the spoken word can be written down and then read over and over again in book form
- Learning that we read starting with the top line and read in a left-to-right manner
- Learning that the first word in a sentence always starts with a big, capital letter and the sentence ends with a dot/a period (Later you can proceed to question marks and exclamation marks.)
- Learning that the pictures on a page go along with the story and can provide clues about the story
- Learning that anybody can make a book and put their ideas down on paper
- Learning various phonetic skills depending on the words used
- Learning sight words
- Computer paper or any blank, unlined paper
- Colored markers
- Pictures from magazines, newspapers, brochures about the zoo or tourist destinations, children’s stickers (whatever interests them such as Batman, Spiderman, Hello Kitty, holiday stickers, etc.)
- Brainstorm with the child and decide on the topic for the book.
- Make the cover page and write the title and write the child’s name as the author.
- If the child is a pre-reader, have them dictate one sentence for each page.
- Let the child watch you write the sentence so they visualize the process of writing the spoken word on paper.
- Let the child illustrate the sentence either by drawing a picture, gluing on a picture from a magazine or brochure, or choosing stickers for their illustration.
- Complete the book, maybe 3-5 pages for a beginner.
- When the book is finished, start with the cover and read the title and the author, running your finger under each word as you read.
- After you have read the book, encourage the child to read it or read it again with you. Help the child to run their finger under the words as they are being read.
- Older children will not require as much guidance when making books. Depending on their skills, help them when necessary.
EXAMPLES OF SIMPLE BOOKS: