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Day 18: Look at Pictures and Tell a Story

Continuing with our 2010 goal to provide you with 365 days of learning activities from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for, here is the post for Day 18…

Remember, these are learning activities that should only be done if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn.

~ Look at Pictures and Tell a Story ~

  • Look at picture books with your child and encourage them to tell you (make up) a story based on the pictures.
  • Look at magazine advertisements and have your child invent a story based on what they see. Do this with pictures/graphics of all kinds.
  • Every picture tells a story. Cut out pictures from magazines, newspapers, or junk mail and put them together to tell a story. Ask your child what each picture says to him/her and write a caption using your child’s words.
  • Make a “Wish Book” with your child. Allow your child to look through catalogs and advertisements and to cut out the things they want most. Glue these pictures to a page. Put them into a mini-book and caption each picture. This is great for birthdays! Send one to “Santa Claus” or to loved ones so that they’ll know just what to get for Christmas and the holidays!
  • Take photos and scrapbook them into a short story book. Do this for the places you visit and events you attend such as vacations, holidays, field trips, special occasions or just because! Don’t forget to send one to grandma!

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