Here at Rhythm of the Home, we believe in bringing projects to our readers that cultivate a sense of creativity in our children’s educational journey. We believe that in order for our children to become innovators, they need to learn young that their creativity is valued.
Rhythm of the Home is happy to include a few of Annie Riechmann’s projects from her magazine, Alphabet Glue. Annie is passionate about her work, and we are honored to have her as an associate editor here at ROTH. We hope you enjoy Annie’s words, and the projects she shares here.
I have long had a fondness for making books with children. Folding paper, cutting covers, imagining the future purpose of the pages as they are laid out and then tucked inside. Reading, writing, and illustrating are lifelong endeavors that different children approach in a variety of ways, and bookmaking seems to be so uniquely suited to meeting each maker in just the place where they are at. Making books sends a special message to children as they begin their journey as readers, writers and artists. When you help a child write a book of their own, from the penning of the plot to the drafting of the illustrations, you create an object of permanence. You teach children that their work is valuable, that it is important, that it is worthy. You tell your child, and yourself, that each of us is a writer, an artist, a storyteller, or a poet. We are writers because we write. Artists because we make art. It has little to do with going to the bookstore and finding one’s name on a shelf.
The projects that follow are excerpts from Alphabet Glue, an e-magazine for families with a hands-on focus that aims to help families deepen their connections to literature, art, science, and one another. There are two projects here for families wanting to give bookmaking a go: one decidedly more traditional than the other. The first project, the Cereal Box Notebooks from Volume Eleven of the magazine, focuses on learning a few basic bookmaking skills that are considered foundational in the book arts.
The other project, Tissue Paper Story-Chutes from Volume Seven, isn’t really a book at all. But it is a great way to inspire perhaps reluctant writers to give their story a place to rest (outside of their own imagination, that is).
Annie Riechmann is an educator, blogger and mama to two small people who lives in the Burlington, Vermont area. Annie is also the creator and publisher of Alphabet Glue, a literacy themed e-magazine for families. A lover of knee-high striped socks, collecting acorns and surprise snow days, Annie is also an associate editor here at Rhythm of the Home. You can visit her at her own online home, Bird and Little Bird, where she writes about everything from books and babies to laundering snowpants and the enumerable joys of putting a husband through medical school.