I’ve compiled a list of activities your child will enjoy doing at home to encourage writing and reinforce lessons taught at school. Before beginning you may consider giving your child a special gift, a writing box. A writing box is a container filled with writing supplies that capture the interest of a first grader. Choose a container big enough to hold a lot of goodies, but small enough for your child to carry easily. Decorate an old suitcase, briefcase, 16 qt plastic box, tackle box, or large shoe box. The contents of the writing box might include: paper (various sizes and colors), notebook, colored pencils, markers, whiteboard & dry erase markers, stickers, blank books, envelopes, post its, list of family & friends names.
Treat any attempt at writing as special! Don’t worry if all words are not spelled correctly. You will see your child’s writing improve as we learn new words and print conventions during first grade. If necessary, use a post-it note to translate your child’s message and stick it on the back of letters to family. Most importantly, have fun together!
- Write a note to our child and put it in a place it will be seen. Surprise them with a note under their pillow or taped to the bathroom mirror! Ask for a written reply.
- Write a letter to a friend or relative in a different city. This will be especially exciting if your child receives a letter in response.
- Hang a family message board where children will see the importance of giving and receiving messages.
- Make birthday cards to give to friends and family.
- Glue a 4X6 photo to an index card to make your own personal postcard. Have your child write a caption and address of family or friend. Send U.S. mail using the less expensive post card stamp.
- Encourage you child to create labels for toy bins and shelves at home.
- Check out the links on the sidebar for sites to make your own comics & post cards
- Write thank you cards for birthday and holiday gifts.
- Write secret messages using invisible ink. Click the picture below to see recipes.