Home School Tutoring : how to Use Self-Made Books for Home Schooling

Home School Tutoring : how to Use Self-Made Books for Home Schooling

September 16, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


Using self-made books. You can start out from
the beginning teaching the child the correct way to handle a book which is very important
if you want your real books which you pay for to last much longer down the road. Tell
them that the seam or the cover always goes to the left and you can teach them their left
and right hands at the same time so that they don’t take the book and start it from the
back which is very natural and they would even put it upside down if it wasn’t for the
fact that the picture would be upside down. So teach them how to hold a book, teach them
to always read the title and the author and the illustrator. Sometimes I will put written
by me, or by, my name, and then illustrated by me and illustrated is a hard word, they’ll
just, say that’s illustrated, just say illustrated. So they read the title, they read who it’s
by, they read the illustrator, then they open the first page. And you can teach them about
dedication pages and copyright and all that stuff down the road but our books start here
and they start reading. Also teach them never to fold a book backwards like that because
it breaks the binding. Teach them anything else you can think of to treat books correctly.
Books are very important, books are to be treasured, teach them to love books from the
beginning. And they start reading, tracking, teach them to take their finger, put it underneath
each word as they read it. That will help for a long time. It’s kind of like training
wheels. They don’t do it forever but it helps in the beginning. And, a kkk aaa tuh, and
they would say cat, and if they couldn’t get it, you would have them cover all but the
first word and treat this word as individual. Tell them not to look at anything else until
they master that word and then when they get it, have them start over and read from the
beginning, a cat, and then sat, once they work that out, have them read the whole thing,
a cat sat. And look at the picture. As I’m making these books, I try not to make the
picture too obvious that they can just guess by looking at the picture. Sometimes I put
more things in the picture like another dog or a rat or something so that they can’t automatically
guess what it is. The picture is the delight after they finish reading the correct sentence.
Tell them yes, I read it correctly and look at that cool little cat that mommy or daddy
or somebody drew. That looks very funny. Maybe I could do a better job in a year. But in
any case, that’s how it works and there we have using self-made books. Again, once again,
keep them on a shelf, keep them in the same place every time. Teach your children to treasure
books.