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August 2, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.

Tip #11:  Write Daily Notes to your Child!

 The best way to become a better reader is to READ! 

 Sometimes, thinking of “little” ideas that have the potential to grow BIGGER or have BIG results is a great way to sprinkle reading into your child’s life.  By writing daily notes, you will spark a new excitement and interest in your child’s reading.  Just a few sentences a day will engage your child in a meaningful reading experience that is quick, fun, and completely manageable.  And when children feel that something is well within their control, they are more likely to succeed.  Daily notes provide the opportunity for you and your child to communicate through the written word at a very young age.  Your child will welcome the mystery of your daily note and he will gain reading fluency along the way. 

 Here are a few ideas for writing daily notes to your child:

  • Write a note of encouragement.
  • Write a note about something you will do that day.
  • Write about what’s on your mind.
  • Write about a memory.
  • Write about an observation.
  • Write a gentle reminder to your child about something he needs to do.
  • Write a note that includes “questions” that your child has to answer. (This can start a writing correspondence between the two of you!)
  • Write a note that includes a spelling or punctuation mistake and see if he catches it.
  • Invite a “guest” to write the note (a sibling, a grandparent, a friend, a fictional character)
  • Hide the note for your child to find.
  • Write a thank you note to your child for something he did that was kind or helpful.

 This summer I am tutoring an eight year old boy in reading and writing.  Recently, he went on a 10-day trip…and he took along a stack of ten letters from me.  I wrote the ten letters (each one in a separate envelope) using anecdotes from our experiences together, as well as subjects of interest to him.  I used words and sentences that I thought he could read successfully and I also tried to add as much humor as possible!  When the family returned, his mom said that he “couldn’t wait” to read my letter each day!  Now that is something BIG!!



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