Pen Pals

I found this idea at The Homeschool Post and thought it was such a great idea, I had to share!


We started a notebook that will contain letters between me and my daughter, its a great relationship building activity and will become a wonderful keepsake down the road! (Not to mention that it works on handwriting, spelling, and writing at the same time, and you know, if you can sneak in a little school, hey!)

But really I’m hoping to gain some treasured insight into my daughter and what goes on in that sweet head of hers. As well as strengthen our bond, and even give us some “1 on 1” time with each other that can be difficult to find in a family of 6.

I copied Beverly’s initial letter almost to the T:

“Dear ****, Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun! Instead of mailing letters to each other, we’ll keep them in this notebook.

I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook on my bed. You can write anything you like. It can be funny or serious or anything you want to write. Sound like fun?

Love, Mom
P.S. Write back soon!”

I placed the notebook in one of my daughter’s workboxes for the initial introduction to it. After that we will leave it on each other’s bed. I’ll post updates to this post to let you know how it goes, and a HUGE thanks to The Homeschool Post for sharing such a wonderful idea!

So far, my daughter is LOVING this, and checks frequently in anticipation of her next letter. I’m hoping it will be a great treasure to look back on as the years roll by.


  • ~Babychaser~ June 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I LOVE this idea! Now if only my daughter were old enough to read and write! :)Thanks for sharing!

  • Laurie June 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I've been doing this for several years with a young girl in our church. It's a easy and fun way to connect with her, and it's turned into a kind of mentor relationship. :o)

  • Debbie June 9, 2010 at 5:48 am

    love it!

  • Kelly June 9, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Great idea! I started this a couple of years ago with my oldest three, but it fizzled out about six months ago…I am putting it on my to do list to dig out the notebooks and get going again!

  • ~Amy June 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Such a sweet, sweet idea! Mine are too little now, but I'd love to do this later on when they get bigger. 🙂 I loved actually penpalling when I was young- the excitement of actually mailing and receiving a letter… I had pals from all over the world! A beautiful art (letter writing) that seems to be disappearing…

  • Amber, That's Me! June 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    What a cool idea!

  • Tamara June 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    WOW! I Love it!

  • {darlene} June 9, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I love this idea. Wonder if it will work for boys?? I will have to wait a few years, so I hope I don't forget this wonderful relationship building idea!So many great ideas on your blog!

  • Chris June 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    wow, great idea! 😀

  • Jill Foley June 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    i've heard of this before and had forgotten about it…thanks for reminding me!

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