Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sticker Story Books

Now that Little C is 3, I've decided to graduate from spontaneous learning experiences to a more structured home-school setting. I'm still organizing, prepping and working out all the details, but one of the activities I'm trying to implement daily is drawing-writing. There are SO many ways to include drawing and writing in your day and here is just one of them.

Sticker Story Books

Step 1: Buy/ make a booklet for your child. It should not be lined, but have blank pages (8 pages is a good minimum). I found this great pack of blank 8x8 booklets in the $1/$3 section of Target. In hindsight, I wish I'd have gotten more packs because I have a feeling we're going to be doing a lot of drawing and writing!

Step 2: Draw a line 1.5-2" from the bottom of the page separating the drawing and writing areas.

Step 3: Get out all those stickers you've got hiding around the house! Let your child pick one sheet of stickers to work with. (After they've been doing the activity for a while, children may be able to handle multiple pages of stickers, but I think for beginners it's easier to choose one so they don't get overwhelmed).

Step 4: Guide your child in choosing stickers for the page (make sure you work on 1 page at a time!) and help them develop a scenario - what is going on in the picture? For example, in the photo above, Little C began with the sticker of Toby (the cactus from Sheriff Callie) and when asked what he was doing, responded that he was picking flowers. She then added a couple more stickers and drew a field of flowers for Toby to pick.
Tip: If your child needs help drawing, you can draw hand over hand with them or guide them verbally - "draw a circle for the sun, around-close"

Step 5: Create a caption for the drawing. Help your child come up with a sentence (or two if they're older or more advanced!) about their picture and write it with them at the bottom of the page.

"Peck is playing horseshoes with Priscilla and Sheriff Callie."
I underline each word to make it more obvious where one word ends and another begins. 

Step 6: Reread the sentence! After you've written the sentence, have your child point to the words one at a time and read the sentence with you. 

Repeat this as many times as you and your child want! I'm sure Little C would've kept going until all her stickers were gone but I distracted her after 3 pages :-)

Age: 3 yrs

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