Book Making with Preschoolers
Well, guess what? We missed a day! Life got crazy yesterday with shopping to be done and packages to be mailed. And then we received joyful news! Our oldest daughter received her acceptance letter to be part of the Corps of Cadets at a military college that she’d been hoping to get into. Her dream of being a combat nurse is one step closer. And I breathed a sigh of relief as a home school mom. Colleges like us! Anyway, we needed to step away from blogging and work to celebrate!
Maybe, like us, the final week of Christmas has you feeling a little behind too…if so, catch up today with your advent devotions in Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift! Today we read the story of Habakkuk climbing to the top of the watchtower, and grieving over the sin of the people. God drew near to Habakkuk, and Habakkuk declares
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
Today, let your preschooler make a book about the things that give him joy. Make a simple book out of folded paper or cardstock, or use one of our hand sewn books if you have them on hand. Give him a camera, and let him take the pictures. Print them out for him and let him glue them in. Let him tell you about each picture, and carefully write down his words just as he said them. He will be able to proudly read his book to everyone.
Making their own books is a powerful way for preschoolers to connect with the written word. It is an important step towards a love for language and reading. You will have a little snapshot of what gives your child found joy in when they were small.
And believe me, time goes fast. A minute ago, I had a little five-year old who got out of bed one night and came into my room stood at the foot of my bed. She looked at me seriously and announced “I just needed to tell you that when I grow up, I’m going to go very far away. But don’t worry. Because I’ll come back.” I thought it was so funny at the time, but I always remembered that. And now, many years have past…she’s about to make good on her promise. And maybe she will write a book about it.