Our learning approach is influenced by many, Maria Montessori being high on the list. The method of moving around relatively freely in a "prepared environment" has always worked for Emily. The idea of organized lessons arranged in a self-service way can leave a child feeling very empowered and responsible for their choices. So we have many "lessons" or "work choices" arranged on shelves on trays, in baskets or wooden boxes, each contains all of the materials needed for said lesson.
This is our letter writing box. In it contains every item we could think of that is needed to write a proper letter, an artform really, that at times feels we are losing sight of in this technological age. This is a wonderful activity that Emily chooses regularly.
Letter Writing Box Contents
thank you cards
address book, filled with friends & family
stickers to decorate if desired
and most importantly... a sample letter (you can kind of see mine in the pic) that highlights the format; heading, salutation, body, complementary close, signature. this can be laminated.
We also had a discussion about the letter format at the time this work choice was introduced. We talked about the historical significance of letter writing, papers and utensils that were used, as well as the time it once took for one letter to reach it's destination. Emily loves to feel her connection to history, especially through traditions and daily customs.