T’is the season for gift giving. What could be better than having your kids send a thank-you message to their generous relatives or friends? Imagine how happy the thoughtful gift givers would feel when they get your child’s message. Imagine their smiles. Now try to imagine how you will get the kids to send their thanks without them complaining.
Try following these steps:
- Have a conversation about why thank you messages are important
- Discuss what the message should include
- Offer up creative ways to say thank you –
- Creative art project
- Traditional written note
- Provide fancy pencils, markers or crayons
- Send the kids to their “office” to prepare the message
For the traditional note writer you may want to include Speedy Speller so the kids can look up the spelling of words without having to ask you. This helps to develop independence.
Just in case your kids selected Skype encourage the kids to follow up with a short note. Research shows that better writers make better readers. Remember that even though the kids are on winter break, it’s important to keep them busy with “school stuff”. Creating thank you notes for family and friends is one way to do this without letting them know that what they’re doing is also educational. And finally, once again, think about the smiles those notes will produce.