Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lunchbox surprise

Put a note in their lunchbox.

I like to put a little note in with my son's lunch. Notes are great for kids who aren't that into reading because they're short, they're fun, and they're from mom. I keep my notes to the point, and very upbeat. Something like: "Hope you had a great morning. I put a treat in the outer pocket. Enjoy! I love you - Mom xoxoxo"

I don't tell him to eat his veggies, or remind him to check the lost-and-found for the mittens he lost. I want him to look forward to my little notes, and that's good "reading reinforcement" behaviour. When what they're reading is fun, they'll look forward to reading.

Check out these Crayola "mini lunchbox messages" I found at a Michaels craft store. They even have a little envelope. But of course, any piece of paper will do - and don't forget the xoxoxos.

I've got a call in to Crayola, to find out if you can purchase these notes online. When I hear from them, I'll let you know. And yes, I did photograph this on top of snow. Tres Canadian, n'est-ce pas?

1 comment:

Michele K. said...

I should think children of all ages would appreciate finding a little love note in their lunch or coat pocket!
Whereas I'm sure most spouses can read already, they'll appreciate the loving thought. And you could also try to expand their (and your) vocabulary by adding a Word of the Day concept to the end of the note, which could be carried over to the dinner table.
Mom could say, "Daddy, are you remembering to *masticate* your vegetables?"
To which little Billy might perk up and ask what that word means...
And Daddy can then answer and explain the word.
And little Billy will marvel at how smart both his parents are!