December is a great month for sharing cards, notes, and letters. It's also National Write to a Friend Month. Of course, Santa, a close personal friend of many, gets lots of letters this month, but friends from school and family that live far apart appreciate letters as well!
Writing letters can be a wonderful way to sharpen your writing skills, practice effectively communicating through the written word, and reach out to the ones you love.
Books with fun examples of letters between friends or family include With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada; Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada; The Jolly Postman, or, Other People's Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg; Snail Mail by Samantha Berger; Pen Pals by Alexandra Pichard; and Love, Mouserella by David Ezra Stein.
After reading a few books with your class, provide the children with some printable holiday stationery, and let them create their own letters. Encourage children to address the envelope and put a stamp on the corner as well. You may even want to create or buy a mailbox for the classroom so children can send letters to each other, getting geared up for Valentine's Day in February!
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