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Write Stories!

Write a story with your child and help him read it back to you.

Materials

  • Plain paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. With your child, think about a memorable day in his life such as a birthday or trip to the zoo, and talk about some of the events that happened on that day.
  2. Write down the first event that happened. For example, “First, we went to see the penguins. They were black and white.”
  3. Ask your child to draw a picture that goes with the words on the page and write the page number on the top. Explain that books have page numbers and that the numbers let you know the order of the pages.
  4. Turn the paper over and do the same thing with the second event on the other side.
  5. Together, continue to add pages until you’ve written a whole story about your day. Use sentence starters such as “first”, “second”, “then”, “next”, and “finally”.
  6. Create a cover for your story by choosing a title and having your child draw a picture to match it. Help your child write his name on the cover.
  7. Stack the pages and punch three holes along the left side.
  8. Cut three pieces of yarn, thread each one through a hole, and tie bows with double knots. You’re book is ready!
  9. Ask your child to “read” the book to you using the picture clues to remember the different parts of the story.

Talk About It

Your child can build vocabulary and early literacy skills by telling stories and reading with you. Encourage him to talk about the events of his day each night, and when you're reading him books, ask questions that will get him to actively participate such as "What do you think is happening on this page?", "Who do you see in this picture?", "What do you think will happen next?", and "Tell me about a time that happened to you."

Take It Further

Create silly stories together! Make up the first sentence and prompt your child to come up with the next line. For example, "Once up a time there was a frog named Frank. Where do you think Frank lived?" Take turns making up the story and then try to remember all of the events as you write them down. Follow the steps above to turn your story into a book.

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