Learning to read and write is a powerful experience in part because it opens opportunity for creativity, imagination, and communication. Recently, coloring has become a big thing for both boys and what started out as a simple activity has become one of the most meaningful literacy experiences in our house.
Like many households our day-to-day schedule can be a bit hectic and it is compounded by the fact that my husband has a lengthy commute to work each day. The unexpected twist to the recent interest in coloring began when Big A started leaving his artwork for Daddy. Each finished piece was hung with pride on Daddy's office door as a display of the day's work. Most days my husband leaves before the boys wake in the morning and he returns after bedtime. Big A was very eager to know what Daddy thought of his artwork, which prompted the start of a letter exchange.
For approximately the past month Big A has received a letter each morning that shares enthusiasm for his artwork and also discusses ideas such as plans for the day, questions about upcoming events, and general sentiments of affection. Receiving a letter the morning has created a wonderful energy each morning and even encouraged Big A to start labeling his artwork and writing simple notes of his own. We know that when knowledge-building is given a meaningful content a deeper learning opportunity is created. The notion that this literacy exchange formed so organically only intensifies it's meaning for Big A.
The summer months are a wonderful time to start a literacy exchange in your home and creating such a project can be as simple as the following...
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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