This year I have become more active in local and nonlocal homeschooling groups. I have found an amazing community of other homeschool families. It had welcoming arms and we are all on the same pages. Well, there is one amazing group that I have found where we have exchanged penpals. Yes, my kids have penpals. Yes, they handwrite their letters to their penpals! So far it has been a great experience for my kids. They get excited to check the mail and to put their letters in the mailbox. Here are 5 benefits for kids having a penpal.
Writing a penpal lets the kids work on their handwriting skills. Teaches the kids how to build thoughts and put them on paper to share with their friends. They can see when to use correct capitalization along with grammar and punctuation. Also helps with learning to write neatly so others are able to read their letters. Helps build their reading skills encourages them to read their penpal’s letters.
The kids actually get to socialize and build a relationship with a friend afar. They also have local socialization but learning how to build a relationship through writing is a wonderful skill to have. Especially with the tech era, we are in now. Learning that the kids they write have the same interest and understanding compassion.
My children have penpals in different states and one is outside the United States. It has promoted different questions and wanting to know where their penpals live. This leads to lessons on different states or even different countries. It is so much fun to see the curious gears turn in my children’s head with all the questions that pertain to different areas and events that have occurred where their penpals live.
My son’s penpal recently wrote him about his trip to Germany! He got to see a little bit of what Germany had to offer through pictures and descriptive writing. Now they want to visit Germany and travel to other places around the world. I love seeing them excited about travelling and experiencing new places.
It is so much fun seeing what my kids come up with in their letters. They really enjoy drawing pictures for their penpals. I enjoy watching their creative side come out in their drawings. On one of my daughter’s letters, she drew her penpal on the envelope then added a donut sticker in her hand. It was the cutest thing and pretty funny.
Having a penpal is such an awesome experience not only for the kids but for the parents as well. I hope this encourages you to play with the idea of having a penpal.