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My Amazing ABC Book
My Amazing ABC Book helps children to make letter pages for an alphabet book. Children can print individual words and draw pictures of things that start with each letter. Working on the book will help to reinforce the order of the alphabet and which words start with which letters—an important building block for reading. Children who are starting to string sentences together can take the book a step further by adding their own sentences about the alphabet word they have chosen.
- You’ll need white paper, coloring supplies (crayons or markers), and a fastener (stapler, paper or binder clips, or hole puncher with string or ribbon). The My Amazing ABC Book printout includes a cover page and a letter page; make one copy of the cover page and 26 of the letter page for each book you are creating. If you are working with a group of children, you’ll want to decide if the children will be making individual books or a group book. If you are working on a group book, decide who will write and illustrate each letter.
- Make a list of words together. You might do this by choosing a theme that appeals to the child’s interests or experience, for example animals, seasons, school, or a trip to the circus. Ask the child to think about the theme and suggest words. Looking at books or objects relating to the theme can offer ideas. Show the child how to connect words and letters. For example, say, “I choose monkey. Monkey begins with M.” Be sure you have at least one word but no more than three words for each letter.
- Have the child write the letters and words on the letter pages. Help with writing if needed, but encourage him or her to write as much of the word as they can, without worrying about spelling. If the child wants to write sentences using the word, encourage him or her to do this. Once the child has finished writing, he or she can draw a picture in the space on the letter page.
- When the child has finished with the entire alphabet (which may take several work sessions), fasten the pages together to make a book. Then ask if he or she will read the book to you.
- For inspiration, check alphabet books out of your local library and read them together. Encourage the child to add words to his or her own alphabet book if he or she finds some special favorites.
- If you are working with both older and younger children, this project can be great for reading buddies to work on together. The children can choose words and work on illustrations together; then the younger child can read the book to the older child.