Give a gift – get a gift, what could be better than having your children send a thank you note to grandmom or grandpop, or other thoughtful family members and friends who helped to make the holiday season especially happy for your kids? Imagine the smiles!
How, you may wonder, am I going to make this happen without creating stress? Just follow these simple steps:
- Have a conversation about why thank you notes are important
- Offer up some fancy pencils, crayons or markers
- Create or buy some decorated notepaper.
- Discuss what a thank you note should include.
- Send the kids off to their “office” to write the notes
- 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 you consider telephoning instead, although it may be easier, keep in mind that research shows that better writers make better readers. Also 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.