Help Your Child Know Personal Information
Create with your child an “All About Me and My Family” book.
Ø Help your child make a book by stapling or tying together with yarn blank sheets of paper.
Ø Help your child create the cover of the book. Use a photo of your child or picture they draw for the cover.
Ø Let your child decide on the title of the book and write that on the cover.
Ø Add your child’s name to the cover as the author of the book. Write or have your child write their name on the cover of the book. Include both the first and last name.
Involve your child in adding personal information to the book.
Ø Begin writing a sentence and ask your child to complete it. Add to the sentence what your child says; helping as needed, with items such as height and weight. The information should be correct and complete.
Ø Here are some examples of what to include:
ü My name is ___________(include child’s first and last name).
ü Sometimes my family calls me_____________(nickname).
ü I am a _________(girl or boy).
ü I was born on ________ and I am______ years old.
ü My eyes are _______(color) and my hair is _____ (color).
ü I am _____ inches tall and weigh ______ pounds.
Help your child add a family section to the book.
Ø Add family photos and help your child decide what to write about each family member in the photo. Here are some examples:
ü This is my mother. Her name is __________ (first and last name). She makes good spaghetti.
ü This is my grandfather. He lives with us. His name is __________.
Ø Include all of the family members living in your home as well as other family members that your child would like to add.
Ø Ask your child to draw all of the members of his or her family on one page of the family section. Write their names under each figure as your child tells you who each one is.
Create with your child a section of the book about your family’s favorite things.
Ø Go through photos with your child of family events such as reunions, outings, and trips. Select some that are favorites. Add these to the book. With each photo write what your child has to say about the event.
Ø Make “Family Favorites” lists. Some examples to include: favorite songs, movies, TV shows, places to visits, restaurants, foods, sports.
Ø Let your child use washable markers or crayons to draw pictures of their favorite things. Write on the picture what your child tell you about the drawing.
Let your child share the “All About Me and My Family” book and family tree with other family members and with neighbors. Suggest that they “read” what is written in the book and on the family tree. Your child may not actually be able to read all of the words. With your help he or she can recall what is written.
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Activities you can do with your child:
· Write a story about the flower you planted last month.
· Talk a walk and count the stars.
· Draw a picture using red, white, and blue.
· Have your child find things that are their favorite color.
· Draw a picture of your family and have your child say the first and last names of each member.
· Keep praciting your child’s first name. If your child knows their first name, practice writing the last name.
· Find things that rhyme with “pig”.
· Have your child tell a story or event in order (first, middle, last).
· Count pennies….count as high as you can.
· Practice learning opposites.
· Find things that start with the letter “T”.
· Go outside and play Hop Scotch or swing.
Books suggestions for four & five year olds:
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini
Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
Bigmama’s by Donald Crews