Help Your Child Freshen Up Writing Skills Before School

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As parents, we begin to see the Back-To-School advertisements and with that comes anxiety.  Are my kids ready to go back to school already?

Whether or not your children spent time reading and writing over the last few months, there’s still time left this summer to inspire them to get into the school spirit and freshen up those literacy skills. Writing is not just sentences in a workbook. Allow your child to see the different forms of writing out there. Let them have fun with writing as the summer comes to an end.

Unique Writing Assignments:

  1. My four-year-old had a pen pal over the summer. We spent time coloring pictures and writing back and forth with her friend. A few weeks ago, I tried out an idea on Pinterest. We bought a ball, decorated it with words and pictures, added the pen pals address and took the ball to the post office. It worked! The ball was sent through snail mail and made the recipient smile big!
  2. Mail a message in a bottle. Roll the message up, slip it in an old water bottle, add a label with the address and seal the bottle cap with some Elmer’s Glue.
  3. Mail a flip-flop. Write the address and message on both sides of the shoe and take to your local post office for the correct postage. Flip-flops are on sale at grocery stores now!
  4. Set a goal to work with your child between now and the start of school to write three letters. The letters can be on balls, flip-flops, in bottles or simply on a piece of paper.
  5. Pull out some stickers, crayons and markers and let your child’s creativity thrive.

This is sure to get them back into school mode!

— Maria Dismondy, mother of two, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan

2 Responses to “Help Your Child Freshen Up Writing Skills Before School”


  1. 1 Anonymous August 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What fun ideas! I imagine that there are many grandparents that would appreciate a fun surprise in the mail. There is nothing like a stickered, crayon and marker filled piece of art for the fridge. Going to the mailbox or your local post office is a fun event for kids too! Thx!


  1. 1 Summer Fun, Summer Writing | Beaumont Parenting Program Trackback on May 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

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