One of my favorite authentic literacy activities is providing time and materials for my kids to make cards for others. There are so many reasons to make cards... birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, new babies, loss of pet, loss of family member, serious illness, surgeries, goodbye to classmates who move away, and welcome cards to classmates who join us! We also make "thank you" cards to those who help us and "sorry" cards to those we have wronged! Showing others we are thinking of them by making cards is also a perfect way to encourage creativity, neatness, correct spelling and most importantly, empathy!
This card really made me smile! You see, I often share examples and stories with my kids by saying "so and so" instead of using someone's actual name. One day one of the kids asked me why I always say "so and so" and WHO is "so and so". I explained that I say "so and so" as an example, instead of making up a name when I share examples about things... such as "if so and so needs help, what could we do?".
I guess this little guy picked up that habit as shown by his adorable card for our health para on her birthday!