Try the following idea for ensuring that your child finds reading can be fun–from the first day of school onward.

  • In the evening before the first day of school, label an envelope “Top Secret”. In it put a cartoon, fortune cookie fortune, greeting card, or special message* and place it in your child’s backpack or lunch box.
  • Use the “Top Secret” envelope to give your child a reading boost now and then throughout the school year.
  • Use the checklist from my previous blog post to be sure your child is reading for school: Literacy Tip for Parents #9: Thinking “Back-to-School”

*For an example of a simple message, visit my first blog post: Literacy Tip for Parents #1: Motivation