Writing in Community
Social distancing does not mean being stuck at home in isolation! In fact, we have plenty of ways to reach out and connect with others. Some have used this time to contact family and friends through video calls. Some may have even taken a walk through their neighborhood for some fresh air, chatting with neighbors safely at a distance from the sidewalk! Even though we enjoy the immediacy of connecting with those with whom we are familiar, let’s do some good, old fashioned writing activities and connect with members of the community with whom we might not have considered.
Here’s a week’s worth of ideas you can do with your kids:
- Write letters to members of the military, thanking them for their service.
- Post a thank you sign on your mailbox to appreciate your mail carrier.
- Write cards or letters to residents living in a senior center. Everyone loves snail mail!
- Post a thank you note at your front door to appreciate your delivery person.
- Write an email to your local, state, or federal government representative.
- Hand-deliver spring or summer themed letters and stickers to cheer up younger neighborhood children.
- Compose a poem and use chalk to write on the sidewalk as inspiration for passers-by.
Wishing you all the best,
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Discovering the joy of teaching while in high school, Jaime pursued her B.A. in English at Santa Clara University. She also received a teaching credential and a M.A. in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. Jaime taught English Language Arts at Rancho Middle School, motivating and inspiring young people to become effective communicators and contributors in their community. From being a Middle School English Language Arts/English Language Development teacher to becoming a stay-at home mom, Jaime is an education consultant who presents literacy workshops. Her workshops focus on a combination of her ten years of teaching expertise with tried-and-true experiences that she uses with her own children. Jaime is also a Teacher Consultant with the San Jose Area Writing Project. Jaime’s mission is to share effective reading and writing strategies with families to encourage literacy.