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W.O.W. ~ Book Throwback!

on July 30, 2014

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I have been cleaning out. I want to do that summer sweep to get rid of the unnecessary school materials and get ready for the next, which is right around the corner. While going through some cabinets, I found books that my two oldest daughters, now 19 and 17, had written when they were young. I thought I would share them with you to give you some simple ideas about how to make books with your children.

Writing a book with a child can seem like a daunting task, but it is really quite simple. Here’s a look….

An example of a book written from a child's dictation

An example of a book written from a child’s dictation

This book, Birds of Our Backyard, was written by my oldest daughter when she was about 4 or 5. Yes, it’s quite impossible for a young child to do such a thing on their own, but not when you do the writing! It’s a technique called dictation. Dictation is one of my favorite teaching methods.  The skills learned through dictation are largely determined by who is doing the dictating and who is doing the writing. A young child can tell a story as someone writes it down. It is a great way to begin cultivating a love for writing in your child.

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photo 4-3Here is a very simple book ~ Just fold paper and staple. This is a picture book my now 17 year-old did when she was about eight.

When SG went through Apologia’s Young Explorer’s Series, she made these books….

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“That is where the little baby plant sleeps until it gets all the things it needs to grow. These things are warmth, water and air. This is a small picture of this process.”

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This book is simply made by hole-punching paper and tying it together with yarn.  This book is about the planets in our solar system. Each planet was given two pages ~ one was a picture; the other was for facts about the planet.

Writing about Jupiter

“That means if you stood on Jupiter,  you would fall right through!”

This book is about bees. It was written to show all the jobs bees have in a hive.

There is one bee “job description” per page. photo 3-5

I end with my favorite book, The Big Sister and Little Brother. I don’t recall ever seeing this book, so it was so much fun to sit down and read it. I called everyone together and read it out loud. It was SG’s account of something that had happened with her brother and sister. It was rich with dialogue and description. Everyone loved it. It now has a very important spot on our bookshelf and will be selected during quiet reading time, I’m sure. photo 1-3

 As you can tell, this book is not like the others. It is a hardbound book with a black and white illustrated cover. I get these books from Miller Pads and Paper. They have a wide variety of hardbound, blank books.

What are you waiting for?  Fold some paper, staple, write a book!

Happy Writing!


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2 responses to “W.O.W. ~ Book Throwback!

  1. Readfromthemountains says:

    I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog. I plan on using this idea with my students. I am a speech therapist in the public schools. This idea will work great. Do you know about the site, Check it out. That site provides artwork for students to then generate stories.

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