Friday, August 1, 2008

Near and Far



Teaching concepts with the whole body!
I'm at work on a concept book:
Where is Little One?

Using photos of my two year old and his friends (stuffed animals, our two cats, his big brothers, me and Dad) I have taken photos to illustrate concepts and put them together in a 5 X 7 size board book. (When it is complete I will post more photos.)
The visual discrimination concepts I have included are:
Near and Far
Up and down
In and Out
Over and Under
Open and Closed
Asleep and Awake
Tall and Short
Big and Small

It has been fun coming up with photo ideas and Little One has enjoyed being part of the process. I encourage you all to give it a try. It's an easy way to share concepts with your toddler AND because the photos are of familiar people and objects it is sure to become a favorite!
As always ENJOY one another,


Jody said...

Great idea! Definately something that we will try. How easy...just take pictures! My kiddos will love it because it is pictures of them and the ones they love. Will you show us your final project?

plaidshoes said...

That is so sweet. An added benefit is when they are older they can remember such fun times together. I love to see how your boys get along so well.

Jennifer Howard said...

Jody, I'm working on the book right now and when it is done I will post all about it....if I can get it away from my little guy, he is expressing allot of ownership over this little book. :)
Thanks for the comment!
Plaidshoes, I love seeing how well they get along too, it helps when they are not getting along. :)

mamalove said...

I love this idea and want to incorporate it into my daycare day now. Thank you! Your blog has been such an inspiration to me.

Melissa said...

Oooooh, I LOVE this! I'm definitely going to make a book like this for O, and I can't wait to see your finished book! Thanks for another great idea :)

Anonymous said...

As all the ladies said, thanks for sharing another wonderful idea. So simple, and yet, so smart!

Anonymous said...

My mother-in-law made my daughter her very own book a couple of weeks ago (when we were discussing early readers). She used personal photos as well as some off the net, then wrote a simple story about the photos. My daughter surprised me tonight by being able to read a handful of EXTRA words besides all our names. Amazing how they learn.
~ Cindy

Shannon said...

I love homemade books. This is something I always did with the kids I cared for when i ran a small daycare in my home, yet I seldom do it for my own son. Maybe I need to get on this!

Teresa said...

I love this! I love teaching kids through authentic experiences. They learn through their everyday activities. What a great way to learn - with your whole body!

Anonymous said...

Fun idea. My son's favorite book when he was little included pictures of real babies and toddlers.

Tilly said...

Hi there, I've just found your blog and you are a godsend. I have a very active 2 year old and I've been struggling to find ways to keep him engaged. I'm so looking forward to reading through your posts and finding was to help him develop whilst maintaining my sanity! I love this book idea and I think I will try it myself.

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