4 Fun letter writing prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth weighs in:

Trying to prompt letter writing with children is a never-ending battle. Obtuse enticements (“You’ll feel good about it”) don’t work. We tried to make the ordeal fun by making a game of it. When an event (sending a thank you to a relative for a gift) came up, we practiced a letter. We had our children write a make-believe letter in their journal. One memorable letter our son wrote was to a tv character thanking “him” for not stealing the other character’s food. The imaginative letters became stencils for the real ones.

Four of the most memorable “stencil” prompted letters are as follows:

  • Your favorite ice cream shop is hiring children. Write a letter to the owner explaining 3 reasons why you are the perfect person for the job. Coincidentally, this letter helped our son when he was applying for his first job as a newspaper carrier.
  • Pretend that you’re a family pet and want more freedom. Write a letter to your owners and ask for one or two new privileges and reasons why you deserve them. I can imagine what you’re thinking!!
  • Think about a recent school trip. Write a letter to your cousin or grandparent describing your experience and what you learned. Convince them to take a trip there too.
  • Have you ever held a grudge against the shoe laces that broke making you miss the school bus or the book pack zipper that got stuck with your school work inside? Write a letter to the object and express your disappointment.

I’m sure there were many more of these Maroney letters (five children ) but these were the ones I remember the best!

~MB

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Letter Writing Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

You may not need these tips but I thought I would mention them:

  • Be an encourager
  • Paint the colors of your day. What did you see on the way to work? Have flowers started growing in your neighbor’s garden?
  • What is the weather like where you live? Write about the golf-size hail.
  • Describe you favorite shop or place to read.
  • Write about the funny or heartwarming things your children or grandchildren are doing.
  • Share what you are learning. Are you taking a course about flower arranging or a painting class?
  • Read a great book lately? Write a mini review for you friend.
  • Send a picture.
  • Take out your calendar and schedule a day to write letters.
  • Buy stamps at the grocery store the next time you shop.
  • Write how you talk.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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