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Handwritten letters in a dying art. It is sad, but true. I am trying to keep it alive, at least in my life, by writing to a few of my friends. No more emails. Just letters. I love how personal letter-writing can be, both for the writer and the recipient, and I just want to pass on that feeling to the younger (electronic) generation.
I have been writing letters for a little more than 10 years, with several girls, but I actually have one girl (young woman) that I have been writing since I first began, and we are still at it. As a young girl, I was encouraged a lot to find pen pals and stay in touch with them. I went through a ton of stamps and a ton of envelopes. TONS.
Letter-writing taught me some good things. Spelling and grammar. Proper entitlement and layout of a letter. The correct way to label an envelope. After a couple instructions from my mom, I was able to write a letter 100% on my own. It was a wonderful achievement.
A collection of books and activities to encourage letter-writing:
A collection of books
A collection of activities
“What about Flat Stanley? The book is commonly used by schools at about 2nd grade level. Basically, after reading the book, the kids send a letter to a friend or relative who lives elsewhere, and “flat Stanley” travels with that person for a period of time. Then flat Stanley is returned with a recount of his adventures. Typically, this includes geographical highlights of the area in which that person lives. I’ve not had direct experience with any of my children using this, but I have the book myself, for possible use in the future.” T. Lemons
Do your children have pen pals?