Children enjoy the process of making books. These books can be printed in different colored pieces of paper. Paper clip the pages needed for one child to work on. You will need heart stickers or paper punch outs of hearts. I was fortunate enough to score a heart paper puncher (you know, the scrap booking kind) that punches one inch hearts. I make sure to have enough on hand for the first lesson (55 hearts total). Please make sure that your children are familiar with 1-10 concepts, can cut a piece of paper in 1/2, and that the child can use a glue stick independently. You can decide if you want to place a small stapler with the job on the shelf so that the child can staple their book when they are all done. The steps for making the books are as follows:
- You or the child writes their name on their book using their name tag to reinforce the concept of writing their name on their work.
- Use the scissors to cut the pages of the book on the thick black lines.
- Start with page one paste one heart on the page for "one".
- Use a pencil to trace over the grey lettering for the number one.
- Repeat steps 3 & 4.
- Punch out more hearts as needed.
- Let the pages dry if the glue is still a bit sticky.
- Staple the pages of the book together in order 1-10.
- Younger children that are mastering 1-5 can have books made for them by you. Just omit pages 6-10 until a later lesson and keep the 1-5 books in a separate area so as not to be confused with the 1-10 books. I would suggest having a tray for making 1-5 books and a tray for making 1-10 books.