Letter Writing for Kids

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Writing letters is an important skill to teach our children. A well-crafted letter can be a powerful tool. Even in this era of twitter snippets, letters continue to be an effective way to communicate. After all, job hunting 101 emphasizes the importance of making personal contact via writing a letter. Beyond the practical reasons for building letter writing skills, who doesn’t enjoy getting a cute letter from a kid?

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Writing letters is an important skill to teach our children. A well-crafted letter can be a powerful tool. Even in this era of twitter snippets, letters continue to be an effective way to communicate. After all, job hunting 101 emphasizes the importance of making personal contact via writing a letter. Beyond the practical reasons for building letter writing skills, who doesn’t enjoy getting a cute letter from a kid?

The many ways that we use letter writing with children:

The “Exploring Interests” letter:

One young boy became obsessed with Tesla cars. His mother (a very intelligent parent) realized that this was a great learning opportunity. First, she helped her son research information about Tesla and then she encouraged him to write a letter expressing his interests.
Here is the letter he wrote and the letter that he received (along with a t-shirt):

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“Dear Mr. Elan Musk,

My name is Layton and I am 5 years old.Your cars are great because they don’t use up fossil fuels.When I grow up I want to be a crash test engineer for Tesla Motors! Have a great summer!

Love,

Layton

He was lucky to receive this response along with a t-shirt;

Letter from Tesla 01

 

 

Letter Writing001The “Information” Letter:
Writing letters about one’s life and travels helps build connections. My father-in-law is the master of letter writing. His letters bring us closer and keep us connected. Pictures are a great way to guide children in writing letters about their lives. What grandparent wouldn’t enjoy a pictographic letter from their grandchild? Take pictures of an event or a place and encourage children to write about the pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

The “Social Skills” Letter:Letters from Florida Frenz
Letter writing is a great way to build social skills and connections. When one girl that I was working with experienced low self-esteem, I paired her up with an older “friend’ and had them write letters to each other. The letters helped the older child to think about and integrate what she had learned and experienced as well as helping the younger child through support and guidance. You can read some of the letters here:

Letters from Florida

 

 

 

TheJollyPostmanCoverThe “Connecting to Literature” Letter:
Letter writing, either to fictional characters or as a fictional character, connects with literature, builds reading comprehension, character development and perspective taking. Have children choose a fictional character to write to-what would they say? Pair up two kids, have them each choose a favorite character from a book to pretend to be and have them write letters to each other as those characters.
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The “Thank You” Letter:

Expressing gratitude and appreciating others is a critical social skill. Many of us can get into the habit of taking things for granted. When we take the time to be grateful we actually feel better about our lives. Besides, who doesn’t like a hand-written thank you note?

PBS has a useful link for getting started:
http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/letterwriter/

We can’t wait to read your letters!

 

More ways to encourage writing:

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Journal Pages for Kids
Research for Kids
Research for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 Comments


  1. Letter writing is so important! We are actually working on writing letters this afternoon.

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    1. We would like to, there is nothing like getting a handwritten letter.

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  2. “Dear Mr. Elan Musk…” this is the cutest little letter I’ve ever seen! He did such a great job with it. So many wonderful resources here – very inspirational!

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    1. And kudos to Tesla for answering!

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  3. Hi, this is so applicable to my children’s learning to write. Great idea. Would try it out for my eldest to start a pen pal.. And I like sharing.. This is definitely going on my fb with my contacts.. Lol

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    1. Thanks! A pen pal is a great idea!

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  4. My youngest was also introduced to letter writing this week as part of a resource we have been testing. He really enjoyed the idea of communicating with his friend in a different way. My eldest is looking for a penpal- I really must get my act together and sort this out with him this ‘term’.

    Thank you so much for linking up to #homeedlinkup – I hope to see you again next week!

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  5. What a brilliant post, i have recently introduced my 3 year old to letters by getting him a pen pal. It’s such a good lifeskill to have x

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    1. Wow! How great that you started so early writing letters with your boy.

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  6. We just switched schools and one of the main focuses as this new school is penmanship and letter writing which is something I wholeheartedly agree with. I think the “art” of letter writing is so important and want my children to have the ability pen a well written letter. Great post with some equally great resources. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks,Jen. My partner, Sarah, has been having her son write a daily letter this summer to support his penmanship and writing skills.

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  7. Thank you! I still enjoy a handwritten card or letter, I still like to receive phone calls instead of texts….
    You’ve just inspired me to have the kids write letters this week.
    XOXO

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  8. This is so important. Thanks so much for sharing! Writing letters even goes to social etiquette and knowing how to write thank you notes and such.

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  9. Wonderful ideas. I fear letter writing is a skill that many people are losing so I love the encouragement we can give to kids to continue with it. Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

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  10. Just found your blog from the Social Saturday link up; glad I did! I’m excited to be following along via Bloglovin!

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    1. Glad you found us! We will look to follow you on Bloglovin.

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  11. You are so tight, the art of letter writing is so important, and it is a really great thing to teach your children, even if it is just a thank you note. Just today my 8 year old won an award for writing a piece at school about the town we live in and I couldn’t be prouder. #sharewithme

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    1. That is so great! Congratulations to your daughter!

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  12. This is amazing and I couldn’t agree with you more that letter writing is so important for kids. These are great ideas Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

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