Back to School with Literacy

Notebook with child's note

Sometimes my daughter leaves notes in our Family Letter Journal.

It’s that time of year again! The kids are getting geared up to return to school. I’m here to inspire parents to get excited about helping with their children’s literacy development in an exciting way.

I’m not just talking about reading books before bed and sitting with your child when they’re completing their writing homework. Here are two easy ways you can be a part of strengthening your children’s literacy skills.

  • Lunch Box Notes.
    Even the littlest learners love getting notes in their lunch boxes. Whether they’re reading or not, a quick “I Love You” will help them get excited about words.I’ve seen parents use sticky notes to add messages in their child’s lunch box. You can also use pre-printed notes and add your own little message. Here are a few that I have stocked for my soon-to-be kindergartner’s lunch.

  • Family Letter Journal
    This activity is a great way to nurture the relationship you have with your child through the written word. I used to keep a letter journal with each of my students when I taught first grade. I would write back once a week. Some kids would really open up about things that were bothering them at school. Before the letter journals I didn’t hear about these worries.For our family, I let my daughter pick out a special notebook for our journal. It isn’t something we do every single day, but we leave the notebook out on her desk to remind us to write in it. She has written us back a few times too (not a requirement by any means!).
Two journal entries

My husband and I write letters back and forth to our daughter in our Family Letter Journal.

It’s also a great way for your child to learn the five parts of a letter: formal date, greeting, body, closing and signature. Be sure to use each part and remember to print your words instead of using cursive.

– Maria Dismondy, mother of three, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan.

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