Letter Writing for Elementary Students

Is your child learning how to write letters in elementary school? If so, there are things that you can do at home to help. Keep reading to find out more.

Find available tutors

Teaching Your Child How to Write Letters

The use of letters may have faded with the use of modern technology, however mail hasn't gone anywhere just yet. Different kinds of letters have specific formats that need to be understood when your child becomes an adult. The following are a few tips on how you can help your child learn to write letters at home.

Making It Fun

When teaching your elementary student how to write a letter, it's important to ensure that the experience is both fun and task-oriented. Written communication is often a formal process that can become boring if the project lacks an exciting goal. Sometimes, your child's teacher will set such a goal at school. However, that doesn't mean that you can't create goals at home as well. Remember, the point of writing letters is that a chosen recipient reads them, so encourage your son or daughter to write about something they care about or to someone they care about.

Different Kinds of Letters and Formats

Many different kinds of letters are written every day. Introduce your child to the possibilities and ask what kind of letter he or she wishes to write. Perhaps your child wants to thank someone, complain about a product, offer advice or make a request for something. Make it personal and relevant to your child. For example, you might suggest that your child write a thank you letter to a grandparent who recently gave him or her a gift.

Show your child a variety of different letter formats. Point out the major and subtle differences between writing a formal, business-oriented letter and writing a casual letter to a pen pal. Your computer will likely be useful for this thanks to tools such as Letter Wizard in Microsoft Word. Of course, the Internet can also be a helpful resource when it comes to finding letter templates.

Writing and Sending Actual Letters

A good way to drive home the importance of letters is to help your child write real ones to real people. Allow your child to choose from a variety of recipients, including business owners, other kids living abroad or government agencies. Guide your child through the entire writing process with the goal of receiving a response from any letter recipient. Bear in mind that your child will need to write a variety of letters in order to ensure a response from someone. When a letter comes back with you child's name on the envelope, the result can be worth it.

Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    Letter Writing Tips and Ideas

    Lots of teachers create letter writing assignments or implement pen pal programs. If you are required to write letters, but are struggling with it, read on to learn how to make writing letters fun.

  • More Blog Articles
    Is Less Writing a Good Thing for Your Student?

    Everywhere you look there seems to be some sort of educational reform being proposed, implemented or suggested. In many cases reform is intended to be for the better, but a recent bill being sponsored in Washington state calls for doing away with statewide writing assessments. Is less writing necessarily a good thing?

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online

K12

  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only

Kumon

  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only

TutorVista

  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Help Your Child Succeed

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth