Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Story Board Book Report

I had Little Man do his last book report as a story board. All of his other book reports were oral because he just could not write one if his life depended on it.
My wonderful sis-in-law suggested this idea to me at lunch several weeks ago. I decided to try it and found it to be an amazingly awesome idea.
So here is what I did. I gave him Stuart Little and told him to read the book for me. He read it in just a couple of hours! I expected it to take at least a day. Then I told him he was going to have to write a report about it. You should have seen his face. He went white. Then I explained to him that he would just have to draw pictures and write one sentence about each picture. The look of relief was priceless. Then he said he would do it. I got the little card set up and then he had to sequence them onto our little board (a large piece of construction paper.) I gave him one week to have it complete and he did a great job figuring out how long it would take and how many pictures to do each day. The results were amazing and he wrote more than I expected him to. So, if you have a little one who cannot seem to conquer the pencil this might be up your alley. Sorry the pictures a bit fuzzy, they seemed clearer than that when I took them.


  1. That is so sweet! I'm definitely saving all of these ideas for my boys. Thanks for sharing, Jamie!

  2. That is a great idea for my struggling writer! When I say the word "writing" a wall goes up and the groanings begin! This will be implemented soon! We've also tried starting some lapbooks. Always a wonderful work in progress.

  3. It has been awesome watching the kiddos grow so much this year! I can't wait to begin doing these things with my future kids!

  4. That is such a creative idea for a reluctant writer! That might actually work for my son who is a reluctant reader AND writer right now, but things are improving.
    Thanks for sharing the details.
    ~Have a wonderful week-end.


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