Writing Notes

A simple notebook can become something special.

Notebooks

Each child has a notebook. In it they write notes to me then leave it on my dresser. I write them back and leave it on their bed or at their place at the table.

Sometimes the notes are asking questions, “May I have a cup of tea with you today during rest time?” or  “May we play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey for Nick’s birthday?”

Sometimes they are sweet expressions of gratitude “Thank you so much, Mommy, for telling me to take the time to try to find the beauty in everything, even sweeping the floor.”

Sometimes they are simple and sometimes more complex.

Sometimes I’m reminded that they need to hear what I take for granted. “Thank you for praying for me, mommy. I like to know that someone is praying for me.”

Always they provide me with a glimpse into the heart of my child and give me a special opportunity to share myself with them.

I answer their questions. “I think that Nick would love to play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and I think we still have the poster for it downstairs.”

I give them instruction, “Remember to leave space between your words so it is easier for others to read.”

I gift encouragement, “I can tell you’ve been working hard on your chores.”

It also prompts me to pray specifically for that child as I contemplate what to write and as I’m gifted by these glimpses.

Sometimes I don’t get a notebook back for a while and sometimes a single notebook will go back and forth several times during a day.

Alyssa (12)

Alyssa (12)

I could give you a whole host of advantages; it gives me an excuse to sit down quietly and write a note, it can improve spelling, penmanship and even reading, it motivates reluctant writers to write, it provides a journal of the happenings in a child’s life. But we do it mainly for the simple gifts it gives to both them and me.

Simple notebooks gifting me with precious glimpses of these amazing gifts that I’ve been given.

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8 Responses to Writing Notes
  1. Elizabeth Sacks
    January 23, 2013 | 9:22 am

    At what age do you start the notebooks? My oldest is six, and I think this is a fantastic idea. Not sure if she is ready yet (her reading is very basic.) But I wonder if doing simple notes might be a good thing in any case?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    This concept is new to us, so I don’t have a lot of experience, but I think a 6 year old would enjoy doing simple notes. It would also encourage her to expand her writing and spelling skills.

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  2. Lauree Solberg
    January 23, 2013 | 10:45 am

    I absolutely love this idea. I will be starting this with my 12 year old son. Thanks!!

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  3. Homeschool on the Croft
    January 23, 2013 | 11:02 am

    What a wonderful idea! And how sweet to get notes (of any description) in our children’s own handwriting. So precious :)

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  4. Bambi @ In the Nursery of the Nation
    January 23, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    We do this too, Kimberly :) Love it!

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  5. Christina Nicolle
    January 23, 2013 | 8:27 pm

    Me and my oldest (12) just started to do this we love it! Going to start with my others soon:))

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  6. Cheryl
    February 2, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    Did you decorate the notebooks yourself, and if so, how did you do it? They look great!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Cheryl.

    No, we purchased them that way.

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