The other week Little Button (year 1) came home all fired up from school, completely jelly-bean keen to practice her typing and google search skills on our Mac. We are indeed a family obsessed with tech and gadgets, so this in itself wouldn’t be surprising at all. *Thinks back to the time she decided to print a billion different LOL Surprise colouring pages out. By herself. While I was in the bathroom for 2 teeny seconds.
But it did get me thinking.
I’m not sure we show her enough of the written word, in practice, on a day to day basis at home. Digitally yes, but if I’m completely honest, handwritten, no.
So we’ve decided to have a go at using good old fashioned happy mail (or snail mail) as a way of additionally supporting her reading and writing development. Because how fun is it getting a little slice of happiness through the post every now and again. We can’t wait.
Encouraging early readers and writers through happy mail
If you fancy joining in too, here are a few tips to get you started.
- Build up a stash of colourful writing paper, envelopes, cards, postcards, stickers to decorate and those all-important stamps. If your little one loves shopping, get them to pick their own. The supermarket chains tend to have relatively cheap stationary ranges for this kind of thing *Sainsbury’s is particularly awesome.
- Always (well, when you can) say yes to funky writing sets, glitter pens, rainbow stick on jewels and Halloween googly eyes. Because anything that’s going to get them excited about writing is going to be a winner.
- Once you’ve got everything needed, encourage a friend, family member or even neighbour to get the ball rolling by posting your little one a handwritten note. If you don’t have someone to do this for you, write one yourself.
- If you have a young primary school aged little one, like us, make sure the sender includes a specific question to answer, and keeps the note simple. A couple of lines is more than enough to start with.
- Don’t tell your little one they should expect a letter. Keep it a surprise and once they have opened and read what’s inside, encourage them to reply and answer the question left by the sender. *Now would be a good time to whip out that fabulous stationary stash.
- If they have a friend that they don’t see very often, you could introduce the idea of being pen pals. Swapping holiday photos, updates on what they have been up to and perhaps sending little drawings or mini makes to each other.
- Above all, enjoy!
Let us know how you get on. I’ve just bought stamps today, so hopefully we will get our first happy mail sent out in the next few days.
This post is part of #Blogtober18 to celebrate #WorldPostDay.