When was the last time you sat down and hand-wrote a letter — to anyone? The cold and snowy days of December can provide a great opportunity for some indoor activities — like helping your children learn more about letter writing. In these days of email, texting and other instant electronic communications, it can be great fun to hand-write a letter to someone, drop it in a mailbox, and then wait to receive a letter back.
Activities like writing and drawing help preschool-age children develop important pre-reading skills. And letter writing puts those activities into a real-life context.
Encourage older children to write letters to friends or relatives, also. The upcoming winter holidays provide plenty of opportunities to practice the art of writing thank-you notes.
Need more inspiration? Ask your local children’s librarian for suggestions of children’s books that feature letter writing. One of my personal favorites is Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague.