Students in William Peter's Psychology Honors and CP-A classes recently completed a project that brought out their creative side. While studying Developmental Psychology, they were each asked to write and illustrate a children's book that fit some imperative criteria.
"We were discussing different stages within a child's development," said Mr. Peter. "We talked about what kids are able to do and not do while reading. The books were written with seven to nine year old in mine. When the students wrote the books, they had to use vocabulary that fit that age group. They also had to rhyme, like a Dr. Seuss book. Since the books are based off of a child's different developments, the books had to pop and be creative. Children are attracted to books that are colorful."
The books also had to contain a theme or moral to the story. Themes included being there for friends or being respectful. Half of the students used animals as the main characters.
The students had two weeks to complete the project. They were asked to present their book in class and explain what their thought processes were.
"I wanted this to be a fun, creative project for them as long as they stayed within the guidelines and chose the right vocabulary," said Mr. Peter. "This was a great way to take public speaking skills and writing styles and connect them to Psychology."