Hopefully, you have had an opportunity to read The Sensitive Period for Language and you have been working with your infant and toddler to develop a love of reading. You can now continue the joy of reading with your preschooler. Easily and quickly adapt some of the ideas I used to create your own reading books for small children. The animal and nature themes of the books mentioned on http://www.amonco.org/fall_sup1.html and http://www.amonco.org/fall_sup1.html web pages are especially appealing to young children.
Look through your photo albums or scrapbooks for additional ideas. Vacations, family celebrations and graduations are possible themes you can use. Tell a story using the pictures from some of these events. Then, present one or two short sentences using monosyllable and polysyllable words per page to tell the story. Use the templates found at the web pages above as your guide.
A couple of years ago, I enrolled in two photography classes offered at a local recreation center and was amazed with how many adults brought to class really good pictures taken by their children. Digital cameras and camera phones have allowed for flexibility and the convenience of picture taking for many members of the family.
Whenever possible, create short story images using the pictures that your children take, and involve your child in the actual story telling. Children really do love doing these “hands-on” activities. By using construction paper, glue and their vivid imaginations, your children will have become involved in some meaningful integrated lessons.
For complete instructions on how to fuse phonics, reading and book making visit http://www.amonco.org and click on the How to Make a Book located in the navy blue column.