Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why Make Books with K-1 Kids?

Here some great reasons to use valuable school time making books:
  • Supply extra reading at school. Beginning readers needs lots and lots of easy to read books to practice reading and rereading.
  • Integrate reading in the content areas. There are many book-making resources that feature science, social studies, and math themes.
  • Practice reading sight words in context.
  • Create a supply of reading material for home. After spending some time in the students' book boxes at school, you can send the books home for extra practice. Many K-1 teachers make a home book box at Back to School night and emphasize that the books sent home be placed in the box for home reading.
  • Extend reading practice beyond the school day and through summer vacation. This is a great way to avoid "summer fall-out!"

Below, you can download a fun book-making activity that goes with this Itty Bitty Phonics Reader.

You can copy the bear shape on colored card stock and stick on wiggly eyes, bows, hat, etc. This book practices initial consonant /b/. You can invite your child to glue items to each page such as a button, bow, bean, etc.


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this reproducible.

My next blog: When is a good time to make books?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bookmaking with K-1 Kids

Welcome to one of my favorite topics--making books with beginning readers. In my next series of blog postings, I will be sharing my ideas on the Whats, Whys, Hows, and Whens of making take-home books with children just learning to read and write. I'll be sharing my creative ideas, some free-downloadables, as well as linking you up with some valuable resources.

But to start you off, here are 2 fun and easy books to download.

For the book "Bugs," children  just color the pages to match the text and complete page 4 with a color word and matching bug. Then cut the 4 pages apart, and staple them together with a fun cover made from construction paper or card stock. I used to bug stickers to decorate the cover, but having kids draw and color their own would be better yet.



Here is a simple "flip' book. Cut out the top strip and glue it to a piece of construction paper. Then cut out the color words/pictures and staple them as shown. Children repeat reading "I see . . . " and flip the pages to read different color words.