I’ve been helping elementary school children learn to handwrite correspondence letters for the past four years.  The children are always excited to learn how to write and also in sending and receiving a letter.  It is sweet to watch the care they take in their letters.  Sweet colorful drawings usually accompany their messages to friends and family.  Our time together is short, an hour, but very productive.  Some people may question investing time in this analog skill, but this simple fun skill is an investment in a child’s future.

Children should learn to write a correspondence letter for several reasons:

  1. Communication skills: Writing a letter teaches children how to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas in a structured and organized manner. It helps them develop their writing skills, grammar, and vocabulary.
  2. Personal connection: Letter writing promotes a personal and meaningful connection between individuals. It teaches children the value of expressing themselves and sharing their thoughts and feelings in a thoughtful and sincere way.
  3. Empathy and understanding: Writing letters encourages children to consider the recipient’s perspective and develop empathy. It helps them understand different viewpoints and practice active listening and responding.
  4. Etiquette and formalities: Learning to write a correspondence letter teaches children important etiquette and formalities associated with written communication. They learn about proper greetings, introductions, and sign-offs, as well as addressing envelopes and using correct titles.
  5. Historical and cultural significance: Letter writing has played a significant role throughout history and in various cultures. By learning this skill, children gain an appreciation for the historical importance of written correspondence and cultural practices associated with letter writing.
  6. Practical life skill: Writing letters is a practical life skill that children can use in various personal and professional contexts. Whether it’s writing thank-you notes, applying for jobs, or maintaining long-distance relationships, the ability to compose a well-crafted letter is valuable.

Overall, learning to write a correspondence letter equips children with essential communication skills, fosters personal connections, and cultivates empathy, while also providing them with a practical tool for future endeavors.