But when you've got it, there's nothing like it.
Forget writing skills for a moment-- seeing the entire group focused and writing their passionate little hearts out is what success feels like when you're a teacher.
One way to present an authentic purpose to your students is to have them write a book. There are so many steps in this project, and I've done it a few different ways, but my inspiration has been reignited through the artistry that I have found in so many online communities. I'd like to share them with you here, in hopes that you might want to explore this art from with your class, your children-- or yourself.
|My favorite page for making books with children is just that:|
Makingbooks.com from Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
On Makingbooks.com, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord offers teachers, parents, and kids great step-by-step tutorials for very easy, fun book making. She has a terrific page for teachers on how to get started. Here's another one from her blog.
|Bee Accordion at Susangaylord.com|
Below is another accordion book tutorial. I really like accordion books because they're fun for little hands to fold, and great practice for following directions and planning. They're also able to expand for presentation.
|Bird and Little Bird presents a wonderful accordion book tutorial|
|Super tutorial for an ancient Chinese book binding style at Castle of Costa Mesa|
|Marthat Stewart's Treasure Chests|
|Stephanie Davidson's Button Book, as featured on The Art Room Plant|
BTW, Stephanie Davidson sells this little gem in her Etsy shop.