Learning the art of letter writing

The students of Group 2 have been delving into letter and postcard writing. Through a series of engaging activities, they have embarked on a journey to explore the art of expressing themselves through written words.

By Roland Schmidt, Teaching Assistant Milepost 1

Writing personal letters

To spark their interest in letter writing our students have discussed and crafted letters with their parents incorporating home languages. These letters were then sent to school and students eagerly awaited the arrival of their own letters in school. In this unit students learned about the different parts of a letter including the date, greeting, body, closing and signature. Before they embarked on the journey of writing a personal letter, they had to learn the basic structure of building sentences.

We used who, what and where questions to prompt students to build and write sentences. They engaged in fun activities and created silly sentences like “The tiger is dancing in the classroom” to grasp the fundamentals of sentence structure. Their first personal letter was written to their parents sharing what they are thankful for. The unit wrapped up with students writing letters to their classmates, sharing stories about their holidays. The students prepared their letters by putting it into an envelope and placing the postage stamp on the envelope. The Group 2s even took a walk to the postbox to send them off.

Connecting through letters

The purpose of this activity is to help students develop their communication skills through letter writing. This links to our current “Creators and Communicators” IPC unit. By learning how to structure letters and convey their thoughts effectively, they not only enhance their writing abilities but also cultivate empathy and connection as they share their experiences with others.

This hands-on approach to letter writing fosters creativity, linguistic development, and interpersonal relationships among the students, encouraging them to engage meaningfully with both the written word and their peers.