By Diane Ako
Olivia is a writer and a reader. I will take credit for that, thank you.
She picked out something at the store and bought it with her own allowance money. It is a beautiful purple diary embellished with a sparkly faux-crystal flower. I'm a little covetous.
She carries it with her to school and writes in it often. This was a delightful surprise to me.
Olivia writes all her hopes, dreams, and plans in it. I didn't strongly guide her to do that, but I did suggest when she picked it out that she could write down all the things she wants to remember in it.
She has written down all the jokes she invented on it. She then tested it on us and highlighted the one that got the best response. I didn't teach her to highlight but it's conceivable that one of her teachers has, even though she has not seemed to use highlighters regularly in school.
She started planning her own birthday party with a list of guests and gifts she wants to request.
The cutest use, I think, is as a journal. At the end of the school day she writes a letter TO ME about her daily behavioral report card. It is all the things she wants to say to me.
If she got a "green light" (good behavior) she asks me for candy and treats. If she got a "red light" (or "below red" as was the case not too long ago, ugh) she asks for forgiveness.
I did not teach her to do this, but I love reading it. Here's some pages out of Olivia's playbook: