Saturday, January 28, 2012
Kid Friendly Letter Writing Center
I have always been a letter writer. I have so much stationery that I could probably write a letter a day to everyone I know for a year and still not be out of it. We rarely buy cards. I encourage the kids to make their own, so for the little ones that can't spell yet, I am constantly telling them what to write and how to spell it.
Last year, when shopping for homeschool stuff, one of the main things I wanted to buy for my second grader was a book of letter writing etiquette. I searched online and went into a few teaching stores, and such an item was not available. I had the idea to make my own basic templates, but never sat down to do it.
I am currently taking an e-course at Playful Learning Spaces to help me create playful spaces for my kids throughout the house and as a major motivator to unpack. My first week was very successful because it motivated me to finally create this letter writing center for the kids. About two weeks ago, I saw a similar idea on pinkandgreenmama blog, which made me want to make mine even more.
The idea is to create places the are fun and inviting to the kids where they want to sit and create. This is great because they have all the things they need to do it on their own, while I'm cooking dinner or changing the baby ;)
In the letter writing center, I included normal and very small sized notecards. The very small ones are for our Valentine's mailboxes that I posted about earlier in the week. The kids are SOOO excited to use them and get mail. The normal ones are for sending to family and friends. We love getting mail, but so do other people- sometimes if you want to get mail, you've got to send it. We love supporting the US Postal Service because we have a lot of family members (a lot) that work for them !
Here's a quick tour:
In the top left, I hung a calendar, family and friend's birthdays are marked down so the kids can decide if they want to send someone a card.
Here's a close up of some of the drawers:
Stickers- we use them to decorate homemade cards and the outsides of envelopes. For the time of year, I only put out Valentine's and Birthday stickers:
On the top of the organizer, I put laminated letter writing templates. Sorry about the shot, I tried to rotate it and it was making me sick to look at it. I didn't have time to take another photo. There are templates for birthday, thank you, miss you, congratulations, and a general letter.
Millie Waits for the Mail
The Jolly Postman
Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type
The Post Office Book
I hope this inspires you to create something great in your house too.