LET’S WRITE BOOKS!
It is said that books are true friends, as they nourish the souls of readers. The habit of reading books is certainly a great gift that parents can give to children by nurturing it. But it should not just end there! Authoring books is quite a bit of work and only a few take a step forward in this direction. In this summer of 2018, let’s make history with our children by authoring our first books. Transformation from reader to author – sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Step 1 :
Make a plan of activities
Summer holidays offer great opportunities – visits to family/friends/new places or learning new skills or doing a new activity. If you have already planned (and also executed!), it lays a good foundation for your first book. If not planned, it is not too late yet.
Step 2 :
Parents – Enjoy the holidays!
Children generally make the most of holidays, but parents forget to relax and rejuvenate. Parents can very well enjoy with children and create memories for life, balancing work commitments with leisure activities. Having fun together is a great way to bond with children.
Step 2 :
Take lots of pictures
Capture fun and memorable moments from different angles. This is to ensure you do save the essence of the experiences as much as possible. Parents need to take the lead here, especially with pre-schoolers and primary schoolers. Older children may surpass parents in this aspect, of course!
Decide the content of the book
For children below three years:
Take a relatively simple theme such as “A visit to the zoo” Parents need to do the following:
• Collect all pictures, identify a few things, places or people that made an impression on the child. Using these will keep the experience alive in the memory of the child.
• You can make a simple, handmade book by stapling together A4 sheets of paper cut in half.
• Make simple sentences with repeated patterns. For e.x. This is a zoo, This is a lion, This is a tiger.
• Stick a picture on one page and the related sentence on the next page.
• 10 pictures and 10 sentences make a great book for this age group.
• You can use your child’s name in the book. For example: ‘Natasha’s visit to the zoo’. When the child is older, he or she will feel immense ownership towards the book.
For children between three and eight years:
Children of this age can participate actively.
• Identify an outing or a journey that your child particularly cherished. Select a few pictures and weave a story line.
• You can add details to the sentences. For example, Rohan was excited before his visit to the zoo. The lion looked thirsty and was walking slowly towards the pond.
• Arrange pictures and sentences on separate pages, pictures before the sentences.
• 10-15 pictures and related sentences make a great book.
• Title could have the year, place and season. For example, Rohan’s visit to the zoo during summer of 2018.
• For this age group also, we recommend you use a simple, handmade book made out of A4 sheets of paper.