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Make an alphabet book

How you can help at home: Have your child create a personalized alphabet book.

By Dr. Dorothy G. Singer

In this activity your child creates a personalized alphabet book with magazine pictures to help him learn letters.

What you'll need

  • 14 sheets of 8.5-by-11-inch white construction paper
  • Different-colored crayons
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Old magazines
  • Three-hole punch
  • Three pieces of yarn
  • Alphabet books (optional)

Here's how to do it

Line up the construction paper and punch three holes on the left side. Thread a piece of yarn through each hole and tie a knot to secure the paper. On the front page write the title, My Alphabet Book and your child's name as the author. At the top of each page print a capital and lower case letter. Make sure to leave room for pictures below. Show the book to your child and explain that you are going to make a book with all the letters of the alphabet. You may want to read aloud alphabet books you have.

This part of the activity can be completed over a few days. Staring with the letter a, find a magazine picture of an item that begins with the letter. Ask your child to say the first letter of the item in the picture and the initial letter sound. Cut out the picture and help your child glue it onto the page underneath the letter. Continue with the rest of the letters. Finding a picture for the letter X may be hard, so your child can just draw a large X on the page. You can use the completed book to help your child practice the alphabet.

Dr. Dorothy G. Singer is a senior research scientist at Yale University's Department of Psychology. She is also codirector of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center, which is affiliated with the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Her research is in the areas of early-childhood development, television effects on youths, and parent training in imaginative play. She has authored 22 books and 200 articles. Dr. Singer 's awards include the 2004 award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Media by Division 46 of the American Psychological Association and the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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