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Jan. 8-12 Universal Letter Writing Week

January 12, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Jan., 8-12 is Universal Letter Writing Week, a great time to sit down and write an old-fashioned letter to a friend or loved one.

Ever hear the expression, "Letter writing is a lost art?" Well, that's probably true. With e-mail in practically every home, we've forgone the art of letter writing.

So why on earth in this day and age would anyone write a letter?

A good reason is what goes into it.

E-mails, like instant messaging, are for short, brief "information-only" messages that are content oriented.

Kids need practice writing traditional letters as most now send quick e-mails, texts or IM's where grammar and sentence structure are not as important. But as they grow into adults, this is a skill they will need (even when sending e-mails) whether it is writing a paper in college or communicate with colleges good grammar and sentence structure is important.

This "holiday" can provide a fun way to work on these skills. You can even make it fun by letting children choose or design their own paper (either on the computer or with crayons, markers, stickers, glitter, etc.) Adding in something fun and creative helps to make the whole activity more enjoyable.

Be a good role model and sit down with your child, and write a letter to an old friend you haven't spoken with in a while.

The recipient will be thrilled to go to the mailbox and find a letter from you.

Hopefully this will encourage that person to write a letter back to you or your child so they can have the fun and excitement of getting a letter in the mail.

And if you think this is a meaningless exercise, ask yourself one question: What's more romantic, a love e-mail or a love letter?



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