January 18, 2013

Letter Writing Kit



Ever since we were at Joe's Mom's for Christmas, I had been wanting to get  a package off in the mail to my niece Alexandra. A little letter writing kit.  While we were home, Joe's Mom showed me a letter that Alex had hand-written to her, a FULL page of a letter, telling her how much she loves her Grandma and how excited she was to be going over to her house that night, etc etc. I was impressed at her handwriting, her spelling was impeccable, and I got a warm fuzzy feeling that she wrote this at her young age of 8. or is she 9 now? I forget. But anyway, it reminded me of my Aunt C. C and I used to exchange letters quite a bit when I was younger, and all through my time at college too.  She always instilled in me the importance of keeping in touch through letter writing.  And now, I finally am looking back and appreciating that about her.  I remember as a kid, going with her to Ithaca, where we would hit up all the stationary stores and stock up on stickers and papers for our letters. It was always a fun trip and I look forward to possibly taking Alex to Hallmark or something next time we get together!

I want to have this same experience with my niece. So I have put together a sweet little box of goodies and will be mailing it off to her this weekend.  Here's what I included....

Baseball stamps were not my first choice but were all they really had at my post office. I may have better luck getting cuter ones online.

 I found this sweet hinged box at Michael's craft store. It has some pretty flowers and butterflies on the outside, forgot to photograph it. The lid is magnetic.


I included a fun bubble pen for Alex, but then found one with soccer balls for Max, and sent that along with some soccer stickers in case he wants to join in on the fun!
Also got some cute cards and envelopes and a little pad of paper in case she fills up a card and needs some extra room!



 Lots of fun stickers to decorate the envelopes an cards. I was thrilled to have found those Gymnastic stickers, as Alex is a real Gymnast these days.

I do hope that she grasps the idea of letter writing and that I get some mail soon! It's always nice to receive mail that isn't bills.

I wrote a note to her explaining the purpose, and explained how to address an envelope correctly.  Who knows, she may already know these things!! I may be quite surprised!




Hopefully we can get her down off the balance beam long enough to sit down and write a note to her favorite Auntie. :)

13 comments:

  1. What a lovely package of letter writing goodies for you niece. I am sure she will love it. It is quite rare to get a handwritten letter these days and so fun when it happens. I hope you get one of these hand penned treasures soon.

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  2. That is a lovely bundle of goodness and joy you are sending her way! A complete kit of memories in the making. Thank you for sharing that idea. Would make a great idea for a birthday gift. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  3. What a lovely, lovely gift and fantastic idea. I always wanted a niece but have just one nephew who almost 23. I'm sure her favorite auntie will get the first note.

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  4. Anonymous1/18/2013

    A very sweet gift, I'm sure she will enjoy it! Barbara W

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  5. Awhhh how fun! Alex will love it :) you could always send your sissy one too <3 Cuz we use to be really good at letter writing and I miss it! Love you!! Xoxo
    Frances

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  6. This is wonderful! The more one writes, the better one becomes at it! So many kids are reluctant writers, and writing is a higher level thinking skill, which is why we have essay tests. This is also great because it will build and reinforce Alex's use of the conventions of written English. Texting is really becoming the downfall of written expression- capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. My best friend, who taught middle school language arts, actually caught herself using texting shorthand on the blackboard before she retired three years ago. That's why I always try to use conventional written English in my texts, because I don't want to fall into that trap!

    Addressing envelopes is a second grade skill, so if Alex hasn't already worked on it in school, she will shortly!

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  7. This is wonderful! The more one writes, the better one becomes at it! So many kids are reluctant writers, and writing is a higher level thinking skill, which is why we have essay tests. This is also great because it will build and reinforce Alex's use of the conventions of written English. Texting is really becoming the downfall of written expression- capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. My best friend, who taught middle school language arts, actually caught herself using texting shorthand on the blackboard before she retired three years ago. That's why I always try to use conventional written English in my texts, because I don't want to fall into that trap!

    Addressing envelopes is a second grade skill, so if Alex hasn't already worked on it in school, she will shortly!

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  8. That's so nice of you! People don't write letters anymore! I think it's so wonderful that you are encouraging her, and she'll feel so special!

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  9. What a lovely and thoughtful gift. My mother has been gone several years now but I still have letters that she wrote me weekly from when we lived a long distance apart and I treasure them. Glad that letter writing is not a lost art.

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  10. What a lovely gift. This post is so apropos to my thinking this week. My sister and I were talking about, like you said, how fun it is to get mail that isn't bills. I was saying that because I got several happy bubble envelopes of beads! The next day I took out beautiful stationery and wrote my sister a letter so she would have some good mail. It made me think of my college days when I would write long letters to my mom - before email. Thanks for the post.

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  11. What a great idea!!!! I am so afraid that electronics will take over and letter writing will be a thing of the past. I have some grandkids I think I will do this for. Thanks for post!!!!!

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  12. Brilliant! I love the idea of sharing a love of letter writing with a new generation.

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  13. This is such a great idea! Your post especially touched me as my aunts are who I write most, and my Aunt C. writing back to me after I mailed a couple things that couldn't be e-mailed is one of the main reasons I switched to mail from e-mail for some things.

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