- 35 mm or digital camera
- card stock paper
- glue stick
- hole punch
What to do
1. Children will love looking at a book all about them while they wait for activities to begin or when there are a few extra minutes to fill.
2. Take several photos of each child as he goes about the day. Make sure to take photos of the child interacting with friends and teachers.
3. Print the photos (4" x 6") or have them developed.
4. Give each child a few pieces of card stock. Help them cut the card stock paper in half, creating 8 1/2 " x 5 1/2 " pages.
5. Encourage the children to glue their photos on separate pages (one photo per page).
6. Ask each child to dictate a caption for each of their photos. Print the caption under each photo using brightly colored markers.
7. Provide stickers for the children to decorate the pages.
8. Help each child punch three holes on the edge of each page and then bind the pages together using the yarn.
9. The children can store their own books in their cubbies or keep them in a common bin.
10. During difficult transition times, let the children get out their own books to look at and read.
-Virginia Jean Herrod, Columbia, SC