Trying to find a pen pal for my 9 yr. old son.
Zita - posted on 09/12/2010
Last year in my sons school they linked up with a different school a few miles away. The kids exchanged letters for the school year, the letters were written in school during class. My son loved it. Towards the end of the year the two classes got together and the kids got to meet in person and spend some time together. It was a great experience for my son. Maybe your sons teacher might do something like that??
Betty - posted on 09/12/2010
I'm certainly not the first to realize the benefits of pen pals. A quick Google search turned up many organizations that match kids for pen pals: Student Letter Exchange matches English speaking children ages 9-18, and the Circle of Friends Pen Pal Club enables girls 7-17 to email pen pals without the need to publish your email address. Have your son write about something he knows about or like. I teach children to be more relaxed and enjoy writing. Try having him write about something that interests him or that he enjoys.
Jessica - posted on 09/12/2010
I dont know if you are still looking for someone for your son to write to, but if you are, I've got a 8 1/2 year old son who also could improve on his handwriting, and would LOVE something like that to look forward to.
If you are interested in maybe setting something up just let me know. I think it would be neat:)
Bess - posted on 07/10/2010
When I was about a decade younger, I tried finding penpals online and did end up corresponding with several - 1 from each continent. However, with the yucky stuff that is now possible because of the internet, I've got three suggestions. 1) Look for a book at the library about this subject. I would hope that a well-researched book could help you find safer resources to find age-appropriate penpals. 2) Relatives ALWAYS like to get letters from the kids. You could mix it up and have your son make a list of all the possible people to write to, then pick a new one from the list each week. This could simultaneously be used to get kids in the habit of writing thank-you notes for gifts, or perhaps to help them to ask about family history / genealogy. 3) How about starting a group at his school for this purpose? Maybe just friends in his social circle at first, but actually mailing the letters rather than passing them during class. Or he could work up or down - either mentoring for younger kids or getting advice and input from older students? You have a great idea to boost his writing - good luck.
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