Children create books with help from ISU students

February 1 2008

Editor’s Note: Use of the first name only of one child follows Big Brothers guidelines.

The tallest tales can come from the shortest authors, as Indiana State University education students found. Gustavo, a second grader at Davis Park Elementary School, built his very own story book.

“My book is about Spiderman,” Gustavo said, as he flipped through the masked hero’s comic book for inspiration.

ISU students helped local school children create their literary masterpieces thanks to the Build-A-Book event hosted (Jan. 29 and 30) by Indiana Educators Student Association. IESA decided to host the free Build-A-Book program in conjunction with its fund-raising book fair this year. Each child received a Klutz Build-A-Book packet, which contained everything a child could need to bring their imaginations to life and onto the pages of their storybooks.

Volunteering at the event were students in emergent literacy class taught by Lisa Cutter, assistant professor of elementary education. The volunteers shared ideas with the children and coached them on their creative writing skills, vocabulary and art work.

Matthew Corey, a junior elementary education major from Bedford, volunteered at the event.

“I think it’s fun, we’re having a good time with Gustavo, it’s something fun that I wouldn’t have normally done myself, so it’s good to learn there are things out there like this and to be creative,” Corey said.

Lauren Stamper, a freshman elementary and special education major from Darlington, helped cut out special shapes, so that children like Woodrow Wilson sixth graders Taylor Fagin and Breann Wilson could add extra flair and texture to their stories.

“I’m doing a shape book, but like ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’,” Fagin said. “So far, I’ve got, ‘purple square, purple square what do you see, I see an orange circle looking at me’. Then I’m going to take all the shapes and put them on the book.”

ISU special education major Stacie Hurst of Sullivan attended the Build-a-Book program with her two children, Sophie and Madison, and bought two books, “Fancy Nancy” and “Alice the Fairy.”

“I read with the girls each night and they were really looking forward to coming today,” Hurst said.

Hurst said it was nice to have activities on campus that she can share with her children.

“My book is about kitties!” Sophie said. Milo the kitty to be certain, and Madison made her book about a puppy that was, not just in a book, but also reading a book. The girls completed their story books with sets of googly-eyes and then it was, “The End.”

Melissa Nail, associate professor of elementary education and ISEA faculty sponsor said the group’s overall purpose in hosting such events is to focus on service to the community and professional development for their pre-service teachers. The Build-a-Book event gave the education students an opportunity to work with families and children and have a finished product in the end.

Contact: Melissa Nail, Indiana State University associate professor of elementary education, at 812-237-2848 or mnail@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Amanda Bedwell, Indiana State University intern, at 812-237-7972 or at abedwell@mymail.indstate.edu

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Cutline: J.D. Miller, sophomore elementary education/special education major, works with Gustavo, 8, who attends second grade at Franklin Elementary, to Build-A-Book in the College of Education on Tuesday, Jan 29. Photo by Kara Berchem/ISU

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Cutline: Bonnie Ferree, a junior, helps Sophie Hurst, 3, work on her story idea during the Build-A-Book exercise at the Scholastic Book Fair in the College of Education on Tuesday, Jan 29. Photo by Kara Berchem/ISU

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ISU students helped local school children create their literary masterpieces thanks to the Build-A-Book event hosted (Jan. 29 and 30) by Indiana Educators Student Association.

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