The use of electronics in education today has added many wonderful benefits to the teaching and learning processes. Just a few of them are: through the internet, the world is at a student’s fingertips, children learn how to use technology, and there are many great programs that are designed to “speak” a student’s learning style.
While the benefits are far more than what I listed, things are also being lost. Beautiful handwriting is exchanged for a pretty or no-nonsense font. A text is sent instead of a handwritten thank-you note. An email is composed instead of a personal letter.
I appreciate and even use technology in our classroom, but I find myself sad to see the art of letter writing fading away. There is something personal about sitting down and penning a letter to someone that an email just cannot replicate.
I realize that most schools do not focus on handwriting any longer, but it is still a skill and an attribute I want our children to master.
What is our children’s favorite form of handwriting practice? Pen pal letters!
Not only do they get to work on mastering their own cursive handwriting, they are also developing a friendship with someone across the state, across the country, and sometimes, across the world. They are learning about the life and hometown of someone else on a personal level.
I get a huge thrill out of seeing the looks of excitement and joy on their faces when the mailbox holds a letter that is for them. Their name is on their envelope, and its contents are just for them. They save the letters and the envelopes!
They exchange letters, photos, stickers, and small gifts. We head over to our large world wall map and find and pin the state and town of each of their pen pals.
There is far more than just the practicing of penmanship going on here, and it all started with sitting down, grabbing a sharp pencil and piece of paper, and writing a letter.
All for God’s glory,
Where do we get our pen pals? Well, if you are a homeschool family, you can find pen pals at the Yahoo group, Homeschool Pen Pal Exchange!
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