Hidden Literacy

Image credit: thepeacefulmom.com

Image credit: thepeacefulmom.com

After having my own children, I learned the importance of discovering ways to hide vegetables in my family dinners. Cauliflower in our mac and cheese, liver in spaghetti sauce and more! The kids don’t have a clue. I once thought this was wrong since it really is a good idea to introduce kids to healthy foods. Yet when you have a picky eater, you have to get creative.

The same goes for Literacy. There are ways to get it into your child’s life without flashcards and workbooks. Here are a few fun back-to-school ideas for adding literacy to your child’s daily routine:

  1. Lunch box notes. You can do this the VERY easy way which is having a pad of sticky notes in your kitchen and jotting a quick note to your child before closing up their lunch box. Another simple idea is to purchase or print out free premade notes like those found here and here.
  2. Bedtime letters. This is especially special on the nights that you won’t be home to put your child to bed. Leave a special note on their pillow. The person putting them to bed can read it to them. They are sure to enjoy these little love letters.
  3. Bathroom messages. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror for your child to read as they get ready for school!
  4. Chalk Messages. Write a note outside your front door for your child in sidewalk chalk so that they see it as they leave the house for school.

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

To read more posts by Maria and about literacy, click the Literacy tag or type the author’s name in the search box.

1 Response to “Hidden Literacy”


  1. 1 Anonymous September 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Too cute! Such a fun and creative way to encourage reading and writing skills.


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