All About ME
Toddlers are beginning to understand who they are and what they can do. They are fascinated when they hear stories or see books about themselves.
Make a “Book About Me” with each toddler. Ask family members to share photos of their toddlers and their favorite people, places, and things. Make a book of a toddler’s favorite things out of photos or magazine pictures.
- Help him paste one picture on each page. You may want to have him draw pictures to include.
- Encourage him to scribble or dictate captions for each page.
- Staple the pages together and have him “read” his book to you.
- Store the books where toddlers can pull them out and “read” them on their own, with family members, or with friends.
- Make books that help toddlers connect home and school.
- Have children use photos or draw pictures of family members, celebrations, etc.
- Encourage them to write or dictate captions for each page. Ask family members to supply key words in their home languages. Add them to the captions whenever possible.
- Help a young toddler talk about something that has happened. Fill in any words he doesn’t know. Pause or ask a question so he can add words he knows or act out to show you what happened next.
- Write his “story” for him and let him illustrate it with scribbles or stickers.
- Read it together. When ready, ask him to “read” it to you.
- Tell a parent about a toddler’s accomplishment or kind act as the toddler listens. Encourage him to help you tell or show his parent what he did.