Remember an old written standby called “the letter?” That ancient way we used to correspond to many people in our lives with written words on a sheet of paper signed with our name? Sure you do right? Parenting School Years December/January 2010 issue had a worthwhile article regarding just that issue. Teaching your kids to write with a real pencil and paper my not be what’s prevalent in our high tech world of computers and texting, but it’s still imperative for kids to know how to do. Here’s some parenting tips to help you implement this important task.
Have the kids cut out different thinner colored cardboard sized notecards to fit into envelopes. They can then cut out lined paper cut smaller than the cardboard, to fit the inside of these note cards. Just have them leave a border of about an inch around the note cards. That’s the area of the stationary that they can decorate with their own designer touch to later write a few lines to someone important to them!
Thank You Cards
Encouraging the kids to practice the art of writing thank you cards to those they’ve received gifts from, whether the gifts were for the holidays, or a birthday, or another event, you’re promoting appreciation for what they’ve received as well as helping them achieve top notch writing qualities. For an added touch, have the kids send a picture of themselves with the thank you note.
Writing to a Favorite Celebrity
Whether your child has a favorite singer, author, or perhaps and athlete, that they admire and want to emulate, you could encourage them to write a letter to that person to tell them how much they are looked up to. Your child may only receive standard response back from that person’s fan mail hub, however, what a keepsake for him/her.
Help your child think of someone they could write to as a pen pal partner. It could be anyone they’ve been involved with from camp, to scouts, to a favorite relative. Just helping them decide and get started on their correspondence is a great way to promote writing. You could help them to create a scroll type of letter that you then roll up and place into a tube for delivery. They’d be so excited to hear about that pen pal’s response to their hard work!
Writing letters by hand requires more work than what we’ve become accustomed to in our updated and high tech world, however, it’s still important for kids to become proficient with writing skills…the kind you get with a pen or pencil!