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Homemade Bunny Book

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When I was in teacher credentialing school, I learned that one of the most powerful ways to teach young children to read was by making homemade books about their world. That’s difficult to do in a classroom setting, but easy to accomplish at home.  For step by step instructions, please click here.

Now for the newest addition to my daughter’s homemade book collection–The Bunny Book!

Good morning, Mommy Bunny!

Good morning, Mommy Bunny!

Mommy Bunny wakes up Baby Bunny.

Mommy Bunny wakes up Baby Bunny.

Wait, Baby Bunny. You need your pants!

Wait, Baby Bunny. You need your pants!

Baby Bunny brushes her teeth while Brother Bunny goes potty.

Baby Bunny brushes her teeth while Brother Bunny goes potty.

Mommy Bunny makes the bed.

Mommy Bunny makes the bed.

Mommy Bunny puts Baby Bunny in the buggy.

Mommy Bunny puts Baby Bunny in the buggy.

Mommy Bunny takes Baby Bunny to the park.

Mommy Bunny takes Baby Bunny to the park.

Baby Bunny goes down the slide.

Baby Bunny goes down the slide.

Mommy Bunny and Baby Bunny rest after a long day.

Mommy Bunny and Baby Bunny rest after a long day.

Please feel free to print this out and read along at home. You could also share it online and help spread the word about Teaching My Baby to Read.

Bob Books Alternative

We’ve really been having fun with dot-stampers!

Here is yet another thing you can do with them: make homemade phonics books.

Jenna is 3.5 years old now, and can sound this book out if she’s feeling cooperative.  But no matter how she’s feeling, she likes to criticize how Spot the Dog turned out.  (He does look a bit like an elephant.)

We also have a set of Bob Books Jenna is working through.  But Jenna seems to do be more inspired by books in color.  So I really need to get the dot stampers out again, and make another book.

(For more on the how and why of homemade books for children, please click here.)

Math for Dogs Book

For more information on the how and why of homemmade books, please see here.  For information on teaching your two year old math, please see here.

Who has more blocks?

 

This is Rosie. 

She has one block.

 

Now Rosie has six blocks. 

Rosie has more blocks

than Biscuit.

 

Biscuit has less

blocks than Lucy.

 

Lucy has the

most blocks.

 

Now Biscuit has none!

Baby’s Relaxing Day

Here’s our latest homemade book that Jenna (25m) and I made.  For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see here.

Baby’s Relaxing Day

 

Baby goes for a walk.

 

Baby does Yoga.

 

 Baby plays Classical music.

 

Baby gets a massage.

 

Baby snuggles with Teddy.

 

Baby takes a nap.

-ot Book

This is our second consonant vowel consonant book. I think Jenna (25months) is ready for the transition from predictable pattern books, to CVC books, because she has started recognizing some of the words on the Leap Frog Talking Words video. This second CVC book, is meant to start weaning Jenna off of picture cues, and transition her into sounding out words.  For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see here.

(front cover)

pot

 

hot

 

cot

 

rot

 

snot?

-op Book

Well here it is! Our first CVC book is ready to go.  I think Jenna (24months) is ready for the transition from predictable pattern books, to CVC books, because she has started recognizing some of the words on the Leap Frog Talking Words video.  For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see here.

hop

 

pop

 

top

 

mop

 

cop

 

Jenna’s Park Book

(For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see: http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/homemade-books/)

Jenna Goes to the Park

 

Jenna goes up the slide.

 

 

Jenna goes down the slide.

 

Jenna goes across the bridge.

Jenna goes on the bars.

 

Jenna goes up the wall.

 

Jenna goes up the big hill.

 

Jenna goes home.

Homemade Books from Brown Paper Bags

 Homemade Books from Brown Paper Bags, Step-by-Step Instructions

For more information on making homemade books with children, and why it is such an excellent learning opportunity, please see:http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/homemade-books/

#1 Start with a brown grocery bag.

#2 Cut out the sides.

 

#3 Fold the sides on the natural fold line.

 

#4 Fold the ends in so that they meet at the middle.

 

#5 Staple two on top of each other.

 

#6 Now you can add text, pictures or illustrations according to the needs of your child. 

#7  Don’t forget to cover everything with clear mailing tape when you are done.

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Jenna’s Preschool Book

Jenna has participated in a wonderful infant-toddler class all year at our local community college.  It is two hours a week, and the mothers and fathers attend too.  Here is a book we made to celebrate the last day of school.  (Unfortunately, it’s not one of my best.  Jenna looks like Cousin It in a few of those pictures.  The pig-tails lasted about two minutes!)  For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see: http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/homemade-books/

Jenna’s Preschool Book

 

Jenna plays with the farm animals.

 

Jenna plays with the blocks.

 

Jenna plays on the stairs.

 

Jenna plays at the water table.

 

Jenna plays with her friends.

 

 

Jenna loves preschool!

Jenna’s Rock Book

 

 (For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see: http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/homemade-books/)

Jenna’s Rock Book

 

Jenna has lots of rocks.

 

1 Rock

 

 

2 Rocks

 

  

3 Rocks

 

 

4 Rocks

 

5 Rocks

 

Jenna loves rocks!

Older Brother Helping Out?

Bruce came up to me yesterday with this worksheet he made for Jenna.  Jenna has since scribbled all over it!

Jenna’s Doggie Book

 Here’s another homemade book we made yesterday.  You can print one out too. (For more information on the how and why of Homemade Books, please see: http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/homemade-books/)

Jenna’s Doggie Book

 

Doggie Cooking

 

 

Doggie Eating

 

Doggie Driving

 

Doggie Reading

 

Doggie Brushing

 

Doggie Spinning

 

Doggie Sleeping

 

Duck, Duck, Goose

Here are all of the pictures from the counting book we made yesterday.  You can print out the pictures, and paste them onto some stapled paper if you would like to make your own book too.  Homemade pattern books like these, are great for emergent readers. 

Duck, Duck, Goose

 

1 Duck

 

2 Ducks

 

3 Ducks

 

4 Ducks

 

5 Ducks

 

1 Goose