Here is a wonderful way to get your child reading and writing. I’ve used this with my own children and had a lot of fun together. We created a diary ‘A Day In The Life Of….’ This is how we did it.
1. Pick a day when you know that you will have a lot of time together. Get your camera (digital is better) and your notepad ready. Have some activities planned for that day.
2. As soon as your child wakes up start taking photographs! You can take some at that special, quiet time before they wake up. I’m assuming you will be awake before your child – not often the case with young children who are wide awake as soon as the sun shines.
3. Take photos all day long. Let your child take pictures too. Make notes of what you have done throughout the day. Ask your child to make notes too. I know this seems obvious but by the time you’ve got to the end of the day you may have forgotten exactly what your child had for lunch.
4. Have special activities such as baking, dressing up, painting etc. Try to fit some exciting events into your day. Also, include the more mundane ones like brushing teeth etc. Don’t forget to take one of that special, quiet time when your child goes to sleep.
5. The day after, or whenever you have time, print the photos out. Let your child stick them onto plain pieces of paper. They can have fun working out the order in which they go – this is when your notes come in handy. Underneath each photo ask your child to describe what’s happening and to write it down. Depending on their age, they might need help with writing.
6. Make a book out of these pages. Give it a proper feel by providing a book cover and title. You can even put a blurb on the back page.
When I did this with my eldest daughter we created a book that became a treasured item. She showed it to everyone who came to the house. She even took it to school for show and tell. Even though she’s nearly 16 she still loves this book. Of course, it makes me go teary eyed with emotion every time I see it.
I hope you enjoy this activity. It could become a regular occurrence in your child’s life. The older they get the more complex their photo diaries can become.