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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Bathroom messages. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror for your child to read as they get ready for school!
- 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