The other day my son finally found THE letter in the mailbox. He was so excited that he was holding it up over his head running in from the mailbox. “It’s here! It’s here! Can I open it?” he said. “Of course” I said with bated breath, hoping he got the teacher he wanted…
|(By the way, bated is a shortened form of ‘abated’, meaning to bring down, lower or depress. The condition of waiting for something with high emotions causes you to use bated breath to calm down). Word origins are kinda cool.|
Last year I encouraged you all to have your little ones, and bigger little ones, write a letter to their teacher to help them stand out in the crowd. This year I am preaching the same message, only with an added benefit, writing to process emotions.
Many of us have turned to writing when we need to express our feelings. Sometimes we write letters or emails to people but never send them (or if we do we wished we didn’t). Some of us use journals or poetry to make sense of tough feelings. Teaching our kids about this “outlet” for writing from an early age is simply a way to give them a life tool.
My daughter heard there is a new girl in her class this year. So instead of writing to the teacher, she wrote to her (cool way to make a new friend). My son, typically a little stressed about transitions, wrote to his teacher. Here is the format we used. Depending on the age and maturity of your writer, they may not need the added support.
We have also started working on executive functioning when it comes to writing because some basics like capitals, spacing, punctuation, and writing on the lines were not automatic. This checklist, after using it only about 3 times has become obsolete! He is mentally checking as he goes now…another good tool for those who are in the same boat. To make your own, evaluate a writing sample and pick out 2-4 things to work on at a time.Here is the checklist we were using.
When we were using it, he checked his paper, making changes as needed and then physically “checked” off the list. Let me tell you, he hated it the three times we used it, but it was quite effective in changing his mind set.
So here is the finished product.
I think his teacher will love it. What do you think?