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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Forms of Writing

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Author Alma Flor Ada has a wonderful three book series based on various storybook characters who live in Hidden Forest and write to each other:

  1. Dear Peter Rabbit
  2. Yours Truly, Goldilocks
  3. With Love, Little Red Hen

Other Recommended Books:

  • Grammar and Punctuation books by Anita Ganeri
  • First Year Letters by Julie Danneberg
  • Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells (writing a list)
  • Thank You, Miss Doover by Robin Pulver (Thank you notes)
  • Corduroy Writes A Letter by Alison Inches (personal opinions)
  • I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff (persuasive writing)
  • Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins by Bill Harley (persuasive writing)
  • Dear Primo: A Letter To My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh (comparative writing)
  • My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter by Jane Johnson


This form of writing can be used for grocery list, menus, check-list, holiday gifts list or wish list, plan your day/errands list, chores or to-do list, etc. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells is a great book to use for this type of lesson. Siblings Max and Ruby write a grocery list and Max learns to communicate on paper.


This form of writing includes sticky notes, memo pads and note cards. Appropriate uses include reminders, family rules, thank you/holiday/birthday cards, directions, taking a message, etc. Encourage the child to practice writing notes and place them on the refrigerator or the family message center at home if you have one. A role play example would be to ask the child to write you a reminder note so you don’t forget something specific.

Mail Time:

Postcards, invitations and letters are all forms of writing we mail. Each follows a specific structure. These are also good tools to work on proper grammar (capitalization, period, comma, exclamation point and question mark). Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells is a great book to use for this type of lesson. The book The World Turns Round And Round by Nicki Weiss presents children from around the world receiving packages from relatives. Each scenario picture illustrates a package being sent and stamps from that country. It’s a great book to discuss mail with a geography related lesson. To expand the lesson, discuss mail carriers and the post office too as community helpers.



Discuss the main points:

  • Who?: Who is sending/receiving the invitation
  • What?: What is the reason for the invitation (birthday, holiday, sleepover, etc.)
  • When?: What date and time is the event taking place
  • Where?: Where is the event taking place?
  • RSVP: What does is mean and how to properly accept or decline the invitation
  • Is there a theme for the party to keep in mind?


Mailing Christmas Wish List to Santa

Mailing Christmas Wish List to Santa

Discuss the parts or sections of writing by identifying them:

  • date
  • greeting
  • body
  • closing
  • signature

You can also include a brief overview of the envelope requirements (address and stamp):

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