Learning Through Letters

By: Heather Pickrell

Originally Published: February 20, 2013

For a number of years now, Temple Christian School’s fifth grade class has been writing back and forth with another school. The students have the chance to be a good influence toward the younger kids and to get to know them better. After several months, they finally get to meet the kids they have been writing to.

This year will be the fourth year that the students in Mrs. Lawrence’s fifth grade class have been writing to another class in Kenton, Ohio. Mrs. Lawrence’s daughter is the teacher of the third grade class who has been pen pals with the students at Temple. They have been writing to them since October.

“It’s interesting to see what other kids are into besides me,” Molly Killough, a fifth grade student, commented.

When asked if her students were enjoying writing to their pen pals, Mrs. Lawrence responded, “Yes, they love receiving letters. It is an opportunity to learn about someone very different from themselves.”

The students get a chance to practice their letter-writing skills and to learn about kids from different backgrounds. In May, they will get a chance to meet their pen pals at a picnic. The kids are excited to meet their pen pals and finally see them in person. In fact, a few of them want to continue to write to their pen pals even after the school year ends so that they can keep in contact with their new-found friends!