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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Homemade Books

In our Kindergarten class we make little word family books about every other week, we have decodable books that go with our ELA curriculum that go home weekly and we have leveled A-Z Reading books. Get the gist? ...... there are a lot of little paper books in our room. I've been trying to get them organized and usable for the kiddos.

Since we had a snow day Friday and we are down to one car I've been home all weekend and I've been working hard to get these books put together.

I woke up Saturday with a great idea.... Zig Zag sew the spine of the books. Not to toot my own horn...but GENIUS! I'm so excited about these little books and I can't wait to get all the books done!

My photos are uploading correctly... so I can only post 1 photo right now.

1. I colored the little books or had my community helpers color.

2. Cut up all of the pages to equal sizes.

3. Laminated all the little pages, cut again, leaving a slight edge around the pages.

4. Organized and ordered the pages of each book.

5. Then I Zig Zag stitched right at the edge of the spine of each little book. One stitch through the paper and on off the edge of the book.

6. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat... (I have about 100 of these books I want to make)

Here is a close up of one of the little word family books.
Students make these in class weekly and get to take them home. The ones I'm working on are for a classroom set, I want to make sure they last.

You can get *FREE* word family little books from Scholastic teaching resources.

enjoy! Hopefully I can repost with more photos later.

I would love to hear your comments or questions!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Classroom snap shots

Here are some snapshots of my classroom!

Reading area & word wall

*Free* Highlights foam blocks

Measuring center

Introduction to measuring- Unifix cubes

Presenting work to the class