My 6 year old started First Grade this last week. We've been reading to him and his brother, without fail, every night for their entire lives. It's been awesome to start seeing their little brains firing as they are starting to read on their own.
My wife picked up a copy of the classic 1950s Dick and Jane series since it's what her parents used and how she learned to read. We only made it a few pages in when both boys declared "this is boring!"
"Why is it boring?"
"There's no light sabers! Dick and Jane don't DOOOOOO anything."
So before dinner this afternoon the 6 year old and the 4 year old - the same little boys for who I wrote The Nerd Parent's Guide: When and how to introduce your kids to Star Wars - and I proceeded to sit down and create Dick and Jane: Jedi Master.
The boys not only wrote all the text but also made all the decisions about the pictures. You can blame me for the poor Photoshop work but the kids get the credit for everything else. We printed it on glossy inkjet paper and stapled it and the boys are THRILLED.
Have fun. PDF at the bottom, thumbnails here.
NOTE: This is a parody, it's not for sale. Don't sue me. Just playin'.
We had so much fun doing this. I hope my kids end up feeling empowered to create and remix.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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