Letter writing is a dying art. And too bad, because it's a wonderful way to work writing practice into a child's everyday routine. Email may have taken over in the letter writing department, but you can still get your regular old mailbox fired up again. Recruit a grandparent, pen pal, or far-off friend and get ready to engage your child in some old-fashioned communication, with a new twist.
Books may seem hopelessly archaic to a second grader weaned on video games and instant messaging. Transform your child from passive observer (reader) into active participant (writer), by giving him a blank book to fill as he sees fit.