When I Grow Up
Lift the flaps on your future!
What you need:
• cardboard or posterboard
• construction paper
• crayons or markers
• When I Grow Up I Want to Be Me (optional)
1. When I Grow Up I Want to Be Me by Sandra Magsamen describes exciting dreams and possibilities for a young girl's life.
2. As you read the book with your child, talk about what she would like to be when she grows up and what she imagines her life will be like.
3. With younger children, point out the text in the book. How does it look different from the words she usually sees in a book? (The text is in cursive, like handwriting.) Can she think of any reasons why the author might have wanted it that way?
To extend the reading:
1. Make your own lift-the-flaps calendar, similar to one in the book. Glue a piece of cardboard or posterboard, cut to fit, to the back of a sheet of construction paper. Place another piece of construction paper on top.
2. Draw four squares on the top piece. Cut them out on three sides, leaving the top side attached.
3. Invite your child to draw a picture underneath each flap to show what she imagines she will be doing at ages 10, 20, 30, and 80. Write the ages on the top side of the flaps ("Age 10," "Age 20," and so forth).
4. Glue the top piece of construction to the bottom piece around the edges.
• encourages discussion of the future
• demonstrates cursive writing