- chart paper
- oak tag paper
- hole punch and small binder rings to bind the book
- photocopy paper and stapler for making copies of the book
- glue sticks
- stickers or small rubber stamps
- large motor
- small motor
- social awareness
Inform children that they are going to make a book about their favorite things to do, both indoors and out. Divide a sheet of chart paper into two columns to list favorite indoor and outdoor activities. Then ask them to think of their favorite things to put on the list.
Photograph children engaged in both their favorite indoor and outdoor activities. For indoor activities that involve using specific materials, photograph children with a completed project like an easel painting, block structure, Lego building or play dough creation.
Invite children to glue their photographs on the upper half of a sheet of oak tag paper, with one photograph per side. On the bottom of the page depicting the indoor activity, write, "I can _____ inside." On the other side, write, "I can _____ outside." Write the appropriate activity in the blanks.
Encourage children to write their names at the top of the first page, if they know how. Give them stickers or rubber stamps to decorate their pages. Invite children to design a cover for the book. Write the tide on the cover along with all of the "author's names." Before binding the book, make enough photocopies for each child to take one home as an "end-of-the-year book."
Bring the group together to read the book and invite them to take turns reading their own pages. Keep the book in the library so that children can continue to read it alone or with friends.
Remember: The book is a great way to document the specific skills that each child developed.
I Can Read. Send a note and the book the children created home, encouraging parents to read it with their child. Explain that the repetitive text and photographs of friends will help children develop reading skills. Include a list of repetitive or predictable children's books that they can read and enjoy with their child at home.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Creating Together. Invite children to work together to create a class mural. Bring them together to think of a theme for their mural such as friendship, favorite animals, or characters from a favorite book. Provide children with smocks and painting materials and designate a specific area on the paper where each will work.