Parents' beliefs, attitudes, and behavior toward reading can play a huge role in their child's literacy learning. Keeping your child engaged and providing numerous opportunities for learning are key. This interactive project provides your child an opportunity not just to read, but to become the author of her very own book!
Creating a Me and Dad book fosters blossoming literacy skills such as reading, writing, storytelling, and the concept of comparing and contrasting. And because the subject is two of the people she knows best—herself and her father—she'll stay interested and engaged. The end result is better than any store bought Father's Day card…it's a touching keepsake that gives Dad a look into his relationship with his child from her point of view.
What You Need:
- 3-4 sheets of paper
- Hole punch
- Ribbon or yarn
- Pens and markers
What You Do:
- Help your child stack the sheets of paper and fold them in half vertically.
- About ½" in from the crease, have her punch a hole about a third of the way down from the top. Punch another hole about a third of the way up from the bottom.
- Help her thread the ends of the ribbon or yarn through the holes starting from the back to the front. Tie the ends together in a bow on the front.
- On the front page, invite her to create a cover drawing or design. Help her write a title such as “Me and Dad” at the top.
- Talk with her about some of the ways in which she and her father are similar and different. Think about physical attributes as well as hobbies and interests.
- Ask her to choose several of the similarities and differences to include in the book. Have her use the left-hand pages describe herself (e.g., "I have brown eyes." "I like strawberries.") and the right-hand pages to describe Dad (e.g., "My dad has green eyes." "My dad likes strawberries too.").
- Open the book and help her write the first set of description sentences. Then invite her to create drawings to illustrate the statements.
- Repeat the process until all the pages are full. On the back cover, encourage her to write a special Father's Day message to Dad.