I have to say, I stumbled upon using photo books for other methods besides remembering events… and for me it has opened up a whole new way of thinking about these great books!
Here’s how it happened… I am a speech-pathologist by trade and was on my way to a client when I checked my mailbox… lo and behold – a birthday photo book I had made arrived! After perusing the photo book, I put it on top of my pile of materials. Not paying attention, I brought the book into my therapy session and my 8 year old client got a peek at it. Of course, next to the photo book… my therapy materials looked like yesterday’s news! So we looked at the book together and I was amazed at the amount of language it stimulated! For quite a few months after, I would bring a photo book with me and incorporate it into our sessions for her to comment and ask questions about the pictures. Actually, my photo books have become part of my therapy materials collection!
My idea to use photo books other than remembering an event, is not novel. There are many wonderful and creative photo books in the Gallery that Shutterfly users have created as teaching tools. Check out Jack’s ABC Book by LizG32 which she created to help Jack learn his ABCs or the wildly popular Gordon’s First Body Book by WarmerW. But I would be truly remiss if I did not mention JessiW’s story-telling photo books. She incorporates simple themes into a cohesive and brilliant story using her adorable boys. Check her out… you will not be disappointed! Actually Jessi, I’ll be emailing your photo book I Can Do So Many Things to a few of my clients…love your use of verbs!! Okay, back to my day job!