As a teacher I loved making Language Experience books after a field trip or classroom event – I found that the children loved going back to reread these again and again. With my class I sometimes had the children retell the event while I wrote it down, then they would draw pictures to illustrate it. Other times I selected photographs from the event – we sequenced them in the right order, then as a class came up with the text to go along with the pictures.
So I decided that I would make some books for Owen after we do things together, and he absolutely loves reading these. I tried to keep the text very simple using a pattern, and including his name so he will begin to recognize it in print. Along with this Owen loves to look at these pictures as a slideshow on my computer.
Please click on the title to see the photos of this book. I printed the book on cardstock because I wanted it to be durable (he’s only 2!) and I stapled it together with a heavy duty stapler. Now Owen turns the pages and “reads” his own little book! The ideas for this are endless – I made books about going to the zoo, going to the park, etc. But you could easily do routines like Owen Goes to Bed, or Owen Cleans Up, – just take step by step pictures and add the text. What is more fun than taking pictures of your grandchildren?