Last night Joely, my 5-year-old, informed me that she wanted to write out a list of what she wanted to eat the next day. So I gave her a notebook and pencil and she took it to her bedroom with her.
This morning when I woke her up, before she even said good morning to me, she sat up and exclaimed, "Look what I wrote!" And she swiftly lifted up her pillow, pulled out the notebook she'd apparently been lying on all night, and showed me her menu plan for today.
Of course, her spelling isn't perfect—she is, after all, only five—but I could easily read the words. If you're unfamiliar with kindergarten phonetic spelling, here's the translation:
peanut butter and jelly
cinnamon sugar toast
So, you see? Menu planning works so well for us, even my 5-year-old does it!