By Valle Dwight
Let’s face it, alphabet books can be a bit boring — A is for apple, B is for banana ... snore. If you want your child to tune into letters and their sounds, make it personal. A personalized alphabet book appeals to kids because everything in it has a direct connection to their world.
Use an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper (in landscape mode) folded in half to make your book. Put the letter and word on the left-hand page and the illustration on the right. Get your child to help out in whatever way she can. Laminate the pages so the book will survive the dozens of readings it’s guaranteed to get!
If even that much craftiness is too much to bear, you can just buy a small photo album and slip your letters and words on one side, photos on the other.
For an extra brain booster, ask your child to make up a sentence describing the picture (making sure she uses the word she’s chosen to illustrate the letter). Write the sentence on the right-hand page as a caption.
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