It’s very easy to make their own ‘mini-book’ that they can read and re-read proudly.
All you need is a few sheets of A4 paper. Often off-white or coloured paper is better to use for the pages, as it’s not as glary as pure white; some children can find high-contrast text quite difficult to read.
You can write the text on a computer if you like -you can download is a blank Word docx with suitable layout by clicking on the picture below- and you can use clipart or digital photographs, or you or your child can illustrate the book.
(Note- if illustrating by hand, use pencils, crayons, gel pens etc. or lighter felt pens - don’t use felt pens with strong ink that will bleed through).
The text can be as simple as “My Mum….My Dad…” etc., or you can make up a simple story – or let your child dictate the text; this is an excellent way to encourage the development of their expressive language. You can also use the book for older children as a diary, storybook, information/project booklet or to reinforce Sight Words.
If you are writing a book for a beginner reader, make sure there is not too much text on each page and that the writing is clear and not too small. If you are using a computer, Comic sans font (at least size 20) is a good, clear font. It’s quite dark, so you may want to make the text dark grey rather than black.
Whether hand writing or typing, it can also be a good idea to leave extra space between each word for young children.
Next fortnight - Instructions for assembling and stapling your ‘Mini-Book’.