Encouraging Writing In Your Child: Letters

When children write letters they not only develop their sense of creativity, but they can keep connected to friends and family.

The best way to teach children about letter writing is to show them by way of example. A child who sees his parent sitting at the table, taking his time to think about what he wants to write, will better appreciate the joys of letter writing and receiving.

What are the benefits of letter writing for children?

Letter writing is a wonderful way to express your creativity and individual opinions. When you write down your thoughts no one can interrupt you, no one can tell you you're wrong or no one can prevent you from expressing what's on your mind.

Children, who are comfortable writing letters, may find it easier to write personal essays for school.

Letter writing is also a wonderful way to keep the lines of communication open with individuals that you cannot see regularly. Letter writing is a fun way to keep in touch.

When is the best time to introduce the concept of letter writing?

Whenever a child sees you writing a letter/reading a letter, let him know what you are doing and how it makes you feel. Are you sharing good news with a friend, are you thanking them for sending you a gift, are you happy to have heard back from your best friend?

When your family relocates to another city, let your child know that he can still remain a friend to those he has left behind by writing letters. Children are often lost once they move to another city. By keeping in touch with friends from their previous home town, children can hold on to a part of their past. This will make the transition easier for the child.

Your child may develop a bond with children of friends/family members who are visiting. Why not encourage the children to keep in touch via letter writing? Suggest that your child write a letter as soon as possible after the company has left. The fresher the friendship is, the more rewarding the letter writing experience will be.

A letter writer needs the following supplies:

* stationary

* envelopes

* stamps

* address book

* special pen/pencil

* special folder/box to store supplies and received letters

By providing your child with these letter-writing tools, s/he will feel grown up.

These are ways you can encourage children to become letter writers.

* Suggest that your child create his/her own personalized stationary. This can be done by hand or on the computer.

* Encourage your child to create his/her own note paper (small than letterhead), once again, by hand or on the computer.

* Suggest that your child send a letter to a special relative (and then contact the relative yourself and encourage that person to reply as quickly as possible). When your child receives his first letter, he will be motivated to continue the correspondence.

* Have your child include a photo with the intended letter. This gives the child something to talk about, if he is unsure of the topic to discuss.

* Express you own personal satisfaction when you receive a letter from a friend.

* Show your enthusiasm in writing a friend/family member.

There are easy ways to encourage your child to write letters to friends and family.

Letter writing is a great exercise for children to work on their creativity. Writing letters is a great way to keep relationships alive, no matter where individuals live or how often they see each other. There are no boundaries when it comes to letter writing.

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