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June 14, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.

Tip #5:  Create books for your child to read!

 This is one of my favorite tips for parents!  Not only is it fun to do, but the reading results will amaze you!  Last summer, before my son Owen entered Kindergarten, I was looking for a new and interesting way to teach him some new words and concepts.  While he may have been fine with flash cards, I was determined to jazz it up!  He was already gaining confidence with our many patterned, repetitive books, but I wanted to do more.  So, using paper and a stapler (assembled as a book) or pre-bound blank books from the educational store, I set off to make books that would be “just right” for Owen.

 Here are some easy steps to follow in making books for your own child:

Consider your goal or goals in making each book. 

        What do you want your child to learn?

       *A book can focus on one or more sight words

       *A book can focus on a specific punctuation mark

       *A book can focus on a concept such as numbers, colors, days of week

Focus on HIGH INTEREST topics – specific to your child

For example, if your child is interested in dogs, you can use that as the theme of the book.  Or, if your child likes a certain cartoon character you can use that character as the subject of the book.  (I made a lot of “sports” books for Owen.)

 Get Creative!

*Use different materials for the pictures in the book.  Examples: old coloring book pictures, stickers, pictures printed from the computer, pictures cut from wrapping paper, magazine pictures, etc.

*Make different types of books.  Examples: lift the flaps books, books cut into various shapes, different computer font for the text, or different colored markers to write the text yourself!

 Now I have a whole basket of homemade books that Owen loves to read! Throughout the year, I have added to the collection with new books to meet his growing needs. 

Some of my most recent books have focused on subjects such as

  • letter blends
  • -ing endings
  • compound words
  • months of the year
  • question words (who, what, where, when, why)

 The BEST thing about making your own books is that they focus on your individual child!  By combining engaging topics specific to your child with the skills you want him to learn, your child will have one more exciting tool to help him become a more confident and independent reader!



1. S.. Rubenstein - June 15, 2009

Learning so many great ways to aid my first graders at the Caridad Tutoring program in Boynton Beach, Fl. In addition I was a teacher of ESL learners and that can be a challenge! The progression of your Now I’m Reading books assisted me in forming a wonderful reading program for my students. Nora, your books have a high interest level They are cleverly written and along with the illustrations always evoke laughter! The games that are also part of the series have been instrumental in reinforcing my students reading skills. The are fun and challenging. Your Now I’m Reading series is the key to realizing the pleasures of reading and learning a new language through rich content.

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