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{Mommy and Me} Journal

I was on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, and I came across a darling Journal from Mama Jenn.  I love the idea of encouraging my six year old to practice his reading and writing in a "fun" way during the summer.  Here is what my version looks like:

We are going to use the journal to write notes back and forth to each other all summer.  When I am finished writing him a note, I put the journal beside his bed... and he does the same.  He loves our little "game", and I his little notes make adorable bedtime reading for me.  :-)

This project is super-easy and inexpensive to make.  I bought a cheap journal {$2.49}, and I used my computer to create a little label that said, "Mommy and Me {our secret messages to each other}".  Then, I printed the label onto photo paper and attached it with double sided tape.  Easy peasy!

How do you encourage your kids to read and write over the summer break from school?

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

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  1. Thank you for posting this! I think this is a fabulous way to document the summers as your children grow and it will be a nice keepsake for when they have grown. LOVE IT! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  2. This is such a sweet idea. A beautiful keepsake for both of you xx

  3. What a great idea, I'm sure both of you will look back and really enjoy reading it in the future.

  4. This is SOOOO sweet! As soon as my son is old enough to write I'm totally making this! I'd be thrilled if you'd share it here:

  5. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. XO

  6. I loved this idea! My son is 6 also and praticing writing and reading this summer is necessary. Using this idea, we now have a Secret Note journal and are leaving each other notes and pictures throughout the week and leaving them on each other's beds. So fun! Thanks so the idea!

    1. I love it too. Every night after I put my son to bed, he sits with his flashlight and writes me a secret message, and then I hear his little feet running into my room to put it by my bed. Too cute!!!! :-)

  7. OMG what a SWEET idea! I am definately saving this idea for Cliff in a few years!!! Love it!

  8. My mother and I did this when I was little nd now at 23 it is one of my most cherished keepsakes. Such an easy and fun thing that will be appreciated forever!


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