Family Time Calendar: Correspondence Course

As much as we love (and live by) email, nothing can quite replace the thrill and enjoyment of receiving a handwritten letter. You and your kids may have gotten into the swing of writing over the holidays with all those party invitations, holiday cards and thank-you notes -- so why not keep up the habit by dedicating an hour or so each week to penning (or penciling or crayoning) a note or two to friends and family? Friday afternoons or evenings make a great time to do this; the week's events will still be fresh in all of your minds, and it will provide a quiet activity that everyone can participate in. If your kids are able to write on their own, let them write their own letters to a recipient of their choice (even if it's one of their best friends down the street). With younger children, decide as a group to whom you'll write, and let each member dictate to a specified scribe what is to be conveyed. As one child dictates (or adults add their own thoughts), the others can create drawings to enclose with the note. As a bonus, you'll get to hear which events and happenings stuck in your kids' minds!

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