A couple years ago I came across two unused journals while decluttering. Not wanting to get rid of them, I came up with the idea of using these as special journals for my daughters.
Periodically I will write a note to each girl and leave the journal out in a prominent place – next to their bed, at the top of the stairs, on the counter, at the table…. Usually, there will also be a treat sitting on top.
The girls gobble up the treat, read the note (or ask me to read it to them) and then set about “responding”. Currently my girls are 4 and 6, so their response is often in the form of a picture they draw. However, as they learn to write, I am loving that they can write “I love you” back to me.
The messages are simple and will be cherished for a long time. It’s a fun way to practice reading and writing – my girls don’t complain at all when they see these books. They get excited to figure out what I’ve written and eagerly get out pens and pencils to write back. They aren’t ever that eager when I pull out a handwriting worksheet!
I’ve even caught my youngest daughter pulling the book out on her own to initiate the process and write to me. I’ve also found my oldest reading through the book.
It’s a book full of love.
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