Make Your Own Books
This simple book can be made with a single sheet of paper. Fold the sheet of blank paper in half both ways. You will have four rectangular sections. This book can be assembled vertically or horizontally. The book is printed on both sides.
Use another sheet of paper for the cover. Construction paper or cardstock made good covers. Staple the left-hand edge of the booklet. Trim the top edge of a vertical book or trim the bottom edge of a horizontal book so that the book will open properly.
Old magazines, greeting cards, cardboard or recycled paper make great book covers.
My Book of Colors
To make this simple book use paint chip tiles from your local hardware or paint supply store. Write the color name at the bottom of pages 3, 5 and 7. On these same pages you or your student can glue the paint tile which corresponds to that name.
On the opposite pages draw or cut out and paste images that are in the color group of the tile. They do not need to be the same shade.
These pictures are fun for the kids to color themselves.
If you want a longer book you can staple the two folded books together. The page numbers will be different than referenced above.
To make your own book similar to the book, 'daddy shaves,' you will use the brightest primary colored paper possible.
Each pages of 'daddy shaves' features a daddy and his son waking, playing, fighting and etc.
You can feature daddy or another character such as mommy, Gran or Gramps, or even your student. For example, your book could be titled, 'Hunter has fun' or 'Fun at Gran's'. I like to choose words that are easy to sound out with short vowel sound if possible, for beginning readers. Here are some suggested scenes:
- Kim has fun
- Clint can run
- I can jump up!
- mommy sits
- Gran rocks
- Gramps can fish
- has lunch or has a snack
- runs, jumps, kicks, rocks, sits, stands, sat, rests
If your child is ready to read long vowel sounds, here are some suggestions:
- plays or can play
- eats or can eat
- looks or can look
- hides or can hide
- sleeps and/or wakes up
- makes his bed
- cleans up
- rides in the car (or on the bus)
- goes to the ________ (park, fire station, market)
Here is a sample of how the book reads:
Max has fun. Max runs. Max jumps.
Max has a snack. Max visits Gramps!
Free Phonics Booklets
*The animal clipart used for these booklets is from ClipArt ETC, which offers free educational clipart.
*The muffin man is from Project Gutenberg and has been altered for the story.
The short vowel rule is: when a word has only one vowel which is followed by a
consonant, say the short vowel sound marked with a breve (ă - which looks like a
smile.) The vowel is usually short when there is only one vowel.
*Sight words should be memorized. For example, we say, "T - H - E spells the."
The long vowel rule is: when there are two vowels in a word, the first vowel will say its name (the long vowel sound) while the second vowel is silent. The long vowel sound is marked with a long line (ā).
Website, readers, minibooks, original drawings and worksheets copyright 2011, Billie Garcia. All booklets, worksheets and original drawings may be printed and distributed for home and classroom use.
Booklet and worksheet pictures are from ClipArt, ETC, Microsoft Office or Project Gutenberg. I See Sam pictures are from the SWRL readers which are in the public domain.