6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have a Pen Pal

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

6 Reasons Your Kids Should Have a Pen Pal

As a mother and homeschooler I am constantly looking for ways to encourage education through fun. Learning shouldn’t be a chore that needs completed but a lifestyle of exploring. That’s why I love using pen pals as a teaching tool.

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  • It will help to improve your child’s reading and writing skills.

Perhaps most obviously, writing and receiving handwritten pen pal letters practices both reading and writing skills. In the day and age we live in emails and text messaging rely on shorthand (such as LOL, NP, THX), fail to capitalize and punctuate properly, and write in phrases instead of full sentences.  While technology is very important, learning to properly write helps encourage better use of grammar skills. As well as it being so much more fun to practice writing while writing to a friend than writing for school. Plus in our technological world, how awesome is it to teach children the art of the handwritten letter. Free Pen pal printable 1

 I have made this fun printable to help you encourage writing skills in a fun way CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

  • It allows your child to connect to another person .

Allowing your child to connect and share in another children’s joys and adventures is a great way to build a friendship.  It teaches children to learn that there is a world bigger than themselves. Reading first-hand stories from their pen pal can encourage children to think creatively while reading and writing letters. It’s also a great way to teach children the art of gift giving. Finding a gift that their pen pals would enjoy encourages children to think of other before always asking to buy things for themselves. penpals for kids

  • Teaching Children Patience

Writing, mailing letters, and waiting to receive one back takes time.  In this instant-gratification world we live in it is a great opportunity to teach your children the importance of patience. Letters or packages from pen pals can be spaced out by weeks or even months. By having a pen pal, children experience the joy of anticipation and the more satisfying reward of getting something after a wait.

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  • Creating to Explore Social Studies

It is a chance to learn about other countries and cultures. Having a pen pal encourages children to take a greater interest in social studies. Thanks in part to adolescent egocentrism, tweens tend to care most about topics that have a personal relevance to them. Having a pen pal in a far-flung nation provides that personal connection, making the study of geography, world politics and world history feel less foreign, more meaningful and more worthy of attention. IMG_6842 copy

  • Promotes thinking skills.

It is an opportunity for your child to grow in their communication skills.  They can learn to ask questions and communicate in a give-and-take manner. It also fosters the ability to search for and find common bonds, a key element of true friendship. writing a letter gives children the space to find the right words. They often freeze if they have to talk before they think and naturally promotes a deeper friendships. It’s a great opportunity to help children grow in what could be a lifelong friendship. kiddopenpals

  •  It is completely fun to receive letters and packages in the mail.

Who doesn’t love a little happy mail. A child’s smile will brighten your whole day when a new letter or package arrives!

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We love putting together packages to international pen pals about the country we live in.


Now parents there’s one rule to this. Don’t turn this into a chore look for creative ways to encourage fun writing and if your children are young let them write and draw and you dictate a letter to go along with it. With my younger children I love using a free font called KG Primary Dots Font.

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Side Notes

  • If you are concerned about sharing your home address then opening a PO Box at the local post office is a great way to protect yourself and children.
  • If you are looking for a pen pal check out Kid World Citizen they have a list of  a couple of different ways to go about finding a pen pal for your children from another country.


Check out our Pinterest Board for more fun pen-pal  ideas.


Kentucky Derby Kids Craft

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014


In honor of Kentucky Derby we decided to spend the week studying on the State of Kentucky and the History of the Derby. We have been living in Louisville Ky for the past 2 years and have fallen in love with springtime in this beautiful state.The warm breeze, blossoms on the trees, and of course we can’t forget the Kentucky Derby! If you can only  visit Louisville one time then you would want to choose Spring. With the Kentucky Derby fast approaching the Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing for 2 weeks prior with Thunder Over Louisville kicking off the Kentucky Derby Festival. Thunder Over Louisville is an airshow and fireworks display held in mid April in LouisvilleKentucky. It is the largest annual fireworks display in North America and has been held since 1990.

Here is a little taste of it:

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Earth Day Craft Time

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Happy Earth Day!!!

Today is Earth Day and we are celebrating with this easy craft that even the smallest member of your family can do.


Materials needed:

  • coffee filter
  • washable markers in blue and green (or diluted food coloring & syringe)
  • water
  • spray bottle or toothbrush

What to do:

  1. Spread the coffee filter flat on a work surface (I suggest covering the surface with newspaper or on a paper plate because the markers leak through) The filter will be the globe.
  2. Use green markers to draw the continents on the globe. Color the remaining areas blue for the ocean water, leaving the top and bottoms white for the North and South Poles (optional).
  3. Spray the filter with water or sprinkle water on with a toothbrush. The colors will “run” and mix together. Allow to dry.
  4. You may choose to color the earth with diluted food coloring using a syringe or dropper. If so, cover the filter completely with blue, allow to dry, then place drops of green for the land. Allow to dry.
  5. My children decided they wanted the continents to show up more so they outlined thiers with permanent markers.
  6. I also love the He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands: Coffee Filter “Stained Glass” Earth from I Can Teach My Children

Earth Day Kids Craft

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