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Guest Post by: Alida Bunder, ECE specialist, mom, grandma, and literacy expert.
Making story rolls with paper towel rolls is a happy writing activity that gets children excited about creating books. By using both hands and heads, children will invent something that is uniquely his or her own.
one or two empty rolls from paper towels or toilet paper
several sheets of white paper
crayons or markers
tape or glue
ribbon, string or yarn
On the first page, you could start the story with:
My rocket ship flies up to the stars.
My rocket ship flies to the moon.
My rocket ship flies fast.
My garden has flowers.
My garden has trees.
My garden has bees.
Ask your child to illustrate each page of the story.
When you finish, read the story to your child if he or she is a non-reader.
Roll up the story, tie it closed and hand it to your child.
Ask your child to open the story and read it back to you.
(You can label the story on the outside of the paper roll.)
Bio: Alida B. Bunder is a mom and grandma. She holds several M.A. degrees, one in early childhood education, one in special education, has worked 36 years as an early childhood educational administrator, and was trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell reading methodologies. Her website, www.Two2Read.com, supplies 52 weeks of fun literacy activities on six different age and ability levels and her blog, www.two2readblog.com, gives you ideas for free.