Anderson has a B I G family. We’re clocking in at 7+ grandparents over here. We also don’t live in the same country as the rest of our family. So I wanted to put together an interactive book, complete with pictures, to help him learn all about himself and his family.
I originally created these interactive All About Me books for a group of special education students. The goal was to help them master their critical information -phone number, address, parents names etc. We built our books together. The student, along with the help of an EA or myself, would work to input all the information into the editable powerpoint document. Then to kick off our morning we would go over our books and practice our important information. It worked wonders with limited-verbal or non-verbal students. I have also used this as a standalone, one-time activity in a general ed classroom. The students simply handwrite out all the information in the spots provided and staple together to make a book.
I’ve kept all of the informational pages in my updated All About Me Book template. But I expanded on the idea to include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and whole family pages. This turned it into the perfect for at-home learning too!
The document is fully editable, and I have included detailed step-by-step editing instructions (with picture support) in the document. You simply have to download the template, type your information into the text boxes, and upload pictures from your own computer. You can delete any slides you don’t want, or duplicate the slides you need more of. You are able to edit all the page text as well. So if one grandparent goes by “Baba” instead of “Grandma”, we’ve got you covered. You can tweak it to two mums, two dads, whatever! The world is your oyster 🙂
This book can grow with you. You can print out new pieces and laminate them as the information changes! So when your little one is ready to start school you can throw in the school page to get them used to the idea of where they’re going and who their teacher will be.
You also don’t have to make it interactive! You can use this template as a one-time activity by having your learners hand-write in, or cut and glue the information into the correct spots. It becomes a quick print and play activity!
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- Print and laminate (or send it off to Staples to do the heavy lifting for you).
- You can bind the book with a coil bookbinder if you have access to one. Or three-hole punch it and secure with round loose-leaf binder clasps. Again, you could subcontract this task to Staples! But make sure you explain you want them to print and laminate everything, but be specific on what pages you want to be bound together.
- Cut out the names and pictures.
- Attach Velcro to the book and the pieces.
Print and Play Option: If you want to have your kids handwrite in the info, simply print the pages you would like them to fill in. Encourage them to decorate a cover, aggregate all the pages in the order you wish, and then staple it together along the left-hand side of the book.
You’re set! Go download the template from our Teachers Pay Teachers Store!