The Art of Writing Letters
In this day and age of texts, tweets, and quick emails, is the art of letter writing still relevant?
It is important to actually pick up a pen once in a while (well, daily), and put it to paper to express your creative self. There’s just something about the handwritten word that nothing else can duplicate. Letter writing used to be taught in school–everything from a thank you note to a business letter–but nowadays, textspeak seems to be the overriding method of communication.
Teaching kids how to write a good letter, and learning to write a good letter yourself is a wonderful way to practice writing, to journal your thoughts, and to express your love for others. Receiving a hand-written note from someone is a joy. It shows that someone stopped what they were doing to take the time to hand craft a message just for you.
The World Needs More Love Letters
The World Needs More Love Letters by Hannah Brencher is a fun all-in-one stationery set that provides an easy resource for getting started. This “kit” contains forty fold and seal stationery/envelopes in modern patterns, bound together like a composition book. Simply pull out a page, write your letter of love or friendship, and fold it over and seal. There’s a designated lined space for writing the address on the flip side.
I like the idea behind The World Needs More Love Letters as a way to introduce and encourage students to letter writing.
I had stationary similar to this back in junior high, and the all-in-one format is ideal in many ways. First, it’s easy. All you need is a pen and stamp, and your supplies are covered. If you’re traveling, the slim, book-style format makes Love Letters easy to slip into your bag.
Second, the reason I think this format is so nice for students: the one-page paper/envelope combination provides a limit to how much you can write. This prevents the intimidation factor of the blank page. It’s almost like writing a card–short, meaningful, and to the point.
However, because author Hannah Brencher includes 40 writing prompts geared toward adults and young adults I would reserve them for older teens or adults. The stationary itself can be pulled out of the book, and all the prompts appear inside the covers. Several of them are suitable for any age, but many of them will not apply to younger teens or kids.
Kids can practice letter writing with a pen pal, a grandparent, or a friend or other family member. Trust me, grandparents love to receive and send mail. In my homeschool, I count letter writing as language arts practice, and many essay and journal assignments lend themselves to letters (persuasive, descriptive, narrative). By starting off with short notes, kids can gradually begin to segueway into writing business letters and other types of correspondence.
And, practicing writing by hand will certainly make you a better email writer as well.
Learn more about the author of The World Needs More Love Letters.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.