I loved the idea, so I put my own spin on it: simply using two notebooks from my school supply stash and hiding them under the kids' pillows for them to discover the first night. It turns out that my kids have loved it!
For my daughter, age 9, I write a short note each day. I try to end it with a question for her to answer when she writes back. She quickly picked up on that and starting ending with questions of her own for me. I'm surprised by the things she asks... what exactly I do all day at work, for example. Who knew that she even thought about that? :)
For my son, age 6, I keep things very simple. I print one or two lines each day asking him an open-ended question. (I use simple words but his sister usually reads his to him anyway.) I'm trying to encourage him to practice his writing. Sometimes I get a full sentence or two, and other times I get one-word answers. Since he is not one to share a lot, I'm finding that sometimes his answers surprise me... like the night he write that the thunderstorm was "scary", even though he never said a word while it was storming
I refuse to correct grammar or spelling in these notes, because I don't want this to feel like a school assignment. It's become a lot of fun for all of us, and reading their sweet notes to me has quickly become my favorite part of the day.
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