Tuesday, July 17, 2012


A “Hello Book” is perfect for helping children recognize their names and create friendships.  You will need a photograph of each child, construction paper, book rings, and markers.  Glue each child’s photo on a page.  (If you don’t have photographs of the children, just let them draw a picture of themselves.)  Write “Hello child’s name.” at the top of the page.  Punch holes in the pages and put together with book rings.  Start your day by reading the book together and saying hello to each other.
*You could also use the book when you want to ask questions to the class.  Randomly turn to a page and let that child answer the question.  This will allow “thinking time” and discourage children from shouting out the answer.

*Use this book to dismiss children for learning centers, to line up, etc.  Flip through the book and hold up different pictures.  As the children see their photo, they may be dismissed.

*“Sing and read” this book to the tune of “Good Night, Ladies.” 
                  Hello, (child’s name).
                  Hello, (child’s name).
                  Hello, (child’s name).
                  How are you today?

Hint!  Bind the pages at the bottom so you can hold the book in your lap and flip down the pages as you sing.  

*Make a similar book called "Kiss Your Brain!"
Or, how about, “Got Milk?” where you paint a white mustache on each child’s photo with white out!  
My friend Vanessa Levin (pre-kpages.com) made this book for me years ago.