For todays Take-A-Minute-Tuesday I am pulling out an oldie but a goodie. My girls LOVE little notebooks or journals. There is something powerful about being able to jot down your thoughts, ideas and pictures. Today I put together a super simple book with the goal of practicing the letters in my preschoolers name. It was a huge success.
- Construction Paper
- Lined or printer paper
- Cut your lined or printer paper to the desirable hight for your mini-book
- Cut construction paper to be just a bit bigger than your lined or printer paper
- Fold both the lined/printer paper AND the construction paper in half width wise, in the middle
- Staple the middle
- FOR NAME BOOKS:
- use a broad highlighter marker and carefully write out one letter of your child’s name per line, or multiple lines
- put a dot, with a different colored pen, where each letter stroke starts, and then an arrow showing the right direction
- once all the letters are represented write out your child’s name multiple times
- chose an awesome name for the new book and write it on the cover page
Name Book Activity Time
My munchkins love being involved in the book building. They help me line up the paper and push down on the staple. I feel like they have a lot of pride and excitement by the time we put the title of the book on the front.
I then spend the next 10 minutes helping my child practice tracing over the letters in her book. We talk about lines and part circles. We talk about when we lift our pencil and when we don’t. At this stage of the game my preschooler can not do wrong! If she is trying that is all I ask. If she messes up I just say, “Oh look the letter ‘n’ doesn’t look like a circle.” I don’t make a big deal over mistakes but I make a huge deal about things she does well. By the end of all the letter practicing she can practice writing her nick-name and name.
I love the sense of pride she has in this simple achievement. She is not ready to write her name by herself, but after staring at those letters she is starting to recognize which ones go in her name and the order they go in. She was so pleased with her little book she has been toting it around all afternoon!
EXTENSION: It is always a lot of fun to decorate the front of your book or add stickers and colors after the hard work your munchkin puts into it.
OLDER KIDS: My 1st grader will work on her sight words in little books like these. She also likes to pick a topic and fill her book with it. Today she had me cross off the title I had chosen, SIGHT WORDS (bleh), and change it to ALL ABOUT LEAVES. She spent the next 30 minutes picking out the best leaves she could find to glue into her book. I then helped her sound out different colors and descriptions of the leaves to write next to them on each page.