Dear Mr. Smith:


Next comes the body of the letter. This is the actual letter. Remember to start a new paragraph for each subject you write about. Each new paragraph should be indented five spaces.


Last is the closing. The closing is the signoff, such as: Love; Sincerely; Respectfully; Yours truly; and Your friend. Only the first word of the closing should be capitalized. All of the words following the first word should be lowercase. Here’s an example:

Your best friend, or

Yours truly,

Other simple rules to remember are always to use a comma after the greeting and closing. Also, you can add a postscript, or a P.S., for things you forgot to write in the body of the letter.

Use these easy guidelines and you’ll be on the right road to writing good letters!

So you know how to write a proper letter. But in this fast-paced world, how do you make your child want to learn? How do you make it fun? The same way you make any other subject fun. Teaching methods.

Make learning fun by switching the atmosphere. Write notes on a board, whether you have a chalkboard or a dry-erase board. Ask questions and let the kids answer. Play a game. Try doing fun exercises like writing letters to famous people they would like to meet. You could also have them write a letter to a historical figure, trying to use the language that would have been used in that time period.

Teaching letter writing is not a hard venture, but it is one that is being lost today.

Don’t let this pastime die away. Teach proper letter writing!

Katie Clark graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature and writes for children and adults alike. Besides writing for children, she enjoys teaching them. Katie teaches a 3-year-old preschool class and loves every minute of it! She lives in Alabama with her husband and her 20-pound cat, Spot.

Copyright 2006. Used with permission. First appeared in Winter 2006 The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Right now, 19 free gifts when you subscribe.