Making a Place for Letter Writing in the Home

Summer is a great time to introduce your kids to letter writing. Some of our own earliest letter writing was to other little girls we met at Cape Cod during our summer vacation. A few fun ideas for teaching this lost art...• Start young! Before Facebook and Twitter get their foothold, introduce the postcard, the letter, and the thank you note.

• Make it fun by letting kids choose their own stationary or buying or printing personalized stationary. Going to the stationary store was like going to the candy store when we were kids. We loved checking out all the various pens and pencils and pads. Kids will be more interested in sitting down to write if they have fun supplies. Think small- miniature notebooks and pens will be a big hit. Stickers, envelope seals, and even photograph stamps, are also great ideas.

• Make a space in your home for "correspondence." It could be your writing nook or even your dining table, as long as it's a clean, open space.

• If you have a friend who lives some distance away with a child of a similar age, why not suggest a pen pal relationship? Or sit down together to write a letter to a child you sponsor or a soldier overseas.

• Encourage letter writing even within your own household. Include notes with school lunches or write special letters for birthdays or holidays. Don't forget those letters from the Tooth Fairy!

There is still something about taking the time to handwrite a letter and that feeling of satisfaction when one reads it over, seals it, addresses it, and sends it on its way. Take some time in the remaining weeks of summer to pull out some pretty stationary and write some letters with your family.

Pic via The Cambridge Advocate.

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