Pencil in Some Time for National Letter Writing Day!
Dear Mountain Lake PBS readers,
In today’s digital world, writing a letter seems so old-fashioned. Isn’t it easier to just text or email each other?
Letter writing has so many benefits, and is a great opportunity to cultivate literacy, creativity, and thoughtfulness in our kids — and in ourselves too. Letters help us do everything from stay in touch with friends and family, and send news around the world, to reaching out to local and national politicians with a civic appeal. Letter writing can also help improve handwriting and social and literacy skills for young learners, while increasing self-confidence through purposeful writing for older children and teens.
Learn more about the timeless practice of letter writing with the activities, classroom-ready lessons, and videos below. And don’t forget to grab your postcards and stamps on December 7th for National Letter Writing Day to join in the fun!
All About Letter Writing
A Letter for Grandma | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Grades PreK-3 Think about the last time you wrote something. Did it involve pencil and paper? Or fingertips and a phone screen? The ability to write is really important and will benefit children in numerous ways — academically, creatively, and emotionally — throughout life. So where does penmanship fit into the bigger picture?
Letter Writing with CALS Children’s Library | Blueberry’s Clubhouse
Poet Willie Perdomo on the Value of Writing Letters in a Digital World | PBS NewsHour
Grades 9-12 Texting and emailing have revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling us to be more efficient and stay in touch more easily. But they have also altered the dynamics of some of our most important relationships. Within this new digital communication landscape, what have we lost? Poet Willie Perdomo, author of “The Crazy Bunch,” shares his humble opinion on how a handwritten letter expresses more than just words.
Grades K-4 Do you have a pen pal or family member who lives far away? Print out these “Let’s Go Luna!” Postcards and send them a note saying just how much they mean to you!
Play Pretend: Post Office
Grades K-5 Introduce your child to the post office and the way sending mail works by creating a mini-post office in your own home! Make a mailbox so family members can leave letters and postcards for one another, in this activity from Arthur.
Writing Letters for Social Action | Teaching Multicultural Literature