Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mail to the Chief---National Handwriting Day

There are two events coming up which are combining into one cool event for students.

The presidential inauguration is Sunday, January 20 while National Handwriting Day is Wednesday, January 23. While you may not consider these two events to be of equal weight, when they are combined, you come up with...

Handwriting Without Tears developed Mail to the Chief. You use your best handwriting--not texting or typing--to write a letter to the incoming (this time returning) president to offer him advice.

Even if you do not agree with the president, the office is worthy of respect, and the Bible encourages us to "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way" (I Timothy 2:1-2). 

If you go to Mail to the Chief, you will see HWT has printable packets based on age or use your own own ideas. The only requirement is that it be handwritten. They request you mail it to them by January 15, 2013.

I did this with our church's homeschool group yesterday. I provided some pictures to color for the little ones, and the letter forms from HWT for the older ones.

First I read a couple of books. 
I read:

 and I read parts of 

It worked out really well.

Obviously, an Angry Gorilla
We wrote the letters. The variety of ability and topics were so fun. We had several hoping the president had a good Christmas, mentioning they would pray for him, and saying they enjoyed playing basketball, too. A couple mentioned his need for Jesus! Out of the mouths of babes!

The we reviewed some of the presidents using a game. I used Angry Gorilla. They loved Angry Gorilla and it really worked well for the age spanse

Come back later for more ideas about National Handwriting Day specifically.

1 comment:

Kaye said...

Love this idea Betsy! Thanks for sharing it.

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