Here’s some great ideas from her:
- Keep pen and paper by the phone.
- Ask your younger child to write down the name and phone number of the person who called.
- Ask an older child to take a message
- Have your child create lists or help you create lists for things like: groceries, things to pack for a trip or sleep over, guests for your birthday party, what I need to do each day before going to bed.
- When you child gets home from school, create a To Do list and cross off as each task is completed. Maybe there is a reward system for completed lists even!
Lunch Box Notes
- Include a note in your child’s lunch box. Kids love getting notes from their parents!
- Your lunch box note can include what will happen after school as a reminder.
Postcards and Letters
- Buy postcards either from your town or city or when you travel. Have your child send postcards to his or her friends while on a trip as well as to relatives.
- You can send postcards from home as well!
- Each week, choose someone to write to. This gets more exciting as your child receives letters and postcards back.
- Pen pals are always fun, especially from other countries where you can exchange little gifts.
- Leave messages in a conspicuous place for older kids to read.
- Leave reminders for appointments or for activities.
- Messages can also be routine: Hi from Mom and Dad or Did you remember to practice piano today?
- You can write up the play date schedule. Wednesday, Suzy is coming over for a play date.
Assistance on the Computer
- Ask your child to write down his question to you. i.e. “How do you spell Bakugan/Webkinz/Pokemon/Nick Jr./PBS Kids?”
- Write down the answer and let him or her type it into the computer browser.
- Give your child blank notebooks or journals to fill up with words and pictures.
- Encourage your child to write a story. Then decorate with drawings or stickers. Keep these books with your real books and make a big deal about them when you read them.
White Boards/Windows and other fun surfaces
- Let your child use white boards (portable or otherwise) to write notes and/or draw.
- The windows in your house work as white boards if you use erasable markers. Let them write their schedule, lists or even spelling words for a fun surface.
- If there is a old surface for a kid’s art table, turn it into a white board with special white board paint. Click on the image of the white board paint to check it out at Amazon.
Most Important: BE A ROLE MODEL!