Soon it will be your child’s birthday, and she will get all the attention. Take some time by yourself or with your partner to congratulate yourself on the amazing job you’ve done this past year. You are the reason your child will go on to succeed in life!
Write a letter to your child that reflects on a few of your favorite moments or a particular challenge you overcame as a family or simply a note saying how much you love her. Seal it in an envelope and put it somewhere safe. Ten or 15 years from now you and your child will cherish this note.
What are some major accomplishments that you have had as a parent or as a family? What are some goals you have for yourself and for your child over the next year? Write them down. Be intentional about what you would like to achieve. Put it down on paper and store your list somewhere you will remember to look.
Help your child select an age-appropriate article from the newspaper. Ask him to read the article aloud. Then ask him who, what, where, when, why questions.
After reading a story together (without illustrations) have each reader draw or color a picture of what they imagine the main character looks like. Compare and contrast the pictures and discuss the clues from the book that inspired your respective images.
Chose a chapter book together and take turns reading a chapter. When finished with the book have a conversation together about characters, setting and plot.
Reading Bingo: create a 3×3 bingo grid. Write literature genres in each box. When each genre has been read, color the box. It may take a while to fill up the card, but offer a reward for when it is completed.