Create a Letter Writing Kit to Help Kids Connect!
Children who write well have a lifelong advantage. In school, effective writing skills contribute to success across the curriculum and on a growing battery of standardized tests. Beyond the classroom, communication skills allow children to connect with others, share their experience, and collaborate.
For children to write well, they need to write often. And to write often, they need to be motivated. Parents can encourage children by providing authentic writing experiences in which children share their work with a real audience. One way to find a real audience is for children to pen a personal letter. Friends and family make enthusiastic readers who help kids celebrate their success.
Children can write letters on the computer, but they also need experience writing by hand. Despite all the technology in our schools, the majority of writing is still done the old-fashioned way. And at home, a pen or pencil is still the technology of choice when kids take a phone message, leave Mom a note, or write a postcard.
To motivate young writers, we’ve created a “letter writing kit” that includes kid-friendly stationery with appropriate writing lines and layouts. There’s also a simple guide to letter and envelope formats. And finally, fun ideas to make letter writing a creative and rewarding experience that will help children connect with family, friends – and the curriculum.
The letter and envelope templates used in this project were created with Stationery Studio®, an innovative software program designed by Peggy Healy Stearns and published by FableVision, Inc. Stationery Studio lets you choose from 226 inspiring borders and shapes that can be customized with appropriate writing line styles, line widths, and layouts to suit children’s developmental level and writing task. Children can type their stories, reports, letters and more at the computer or they can print lined stationery to write by hand. All the art in Stationery Studio was created by award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. For more information or a tour, go to http://www.fablevision.com/stationerystudio.
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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