Families Make It! Books
Stories matter. Stories help us frame and understand our lives, our relationships, and the world. Helping your child tell stories about real things that happened to them, or even just to recount their day helps them with recall, but also to process those events. As you respond with different emotions and name them, they learn how to name and respond to their own emotions. When you explain something, you may be explaining something that confused them, but they didn't have words to ask questions about.
Telling pretend stories is so fun too! This can be intimidating to some people, but remember: your child isn't a member of the Pulitzer Prize committee! Just pick something that is interesting to them and dive in. Of course kids love being the main character, which makes a lot of sense if you think about what they are learning right now!
Illustrating with your child is worth doing even if they can't actually draw much yet. Dax is 2 1/2 years old and can draw a rough circle and a line. That's awesome! I ask him a lot of questions about his circles, lines, and scribbles, and we build our story from the drawings!
How to Make Your Own Blank Book
MATERIALS NEEDED (you can use your own measurements, this is just an idea):
- 2 pieces of cardboard for front and back cover: 5" x 4 2/3"
- 1 piece of cardboard for spine: 5" x 1"
- 1 piece of construction/printer/card stock paper to cover these pieces of cardboard
- Glue and paintbrush
- Card stock or printer paper for inner pages (cut to 8" x 5" and fold in half)
- Card stock or printer paper for binding page (8" x 3" and fold in half)
- Needle and thread or stapler
- Drawing Materials
Follow steps in video! Kylee Makes a Book
In Kylee Makes a Book, I use Story Dice to help write the story. You can download, print, and create your own Story Dice here!
These are a great way to teach about nouns, verbs, subjects, objects, and sentence structure! You can get the dice I use in the video, or there is also a blank printable for you and your family to make on your own!
As always, I'd love to see what you and your family discovered and created as you were inspired by this episode or post! Post and tag @kyleemakesit or use #kyleemakesit on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to see it!
Watch Kylee Makes A Book!