Sending Letters to Pre-Readers

Help Them Make Letters Fun and Frequent


When grandchildren sit in front of a sheet of stationery, they feel daunted by the prospect of filling the entire page. Go to the local arts-and-crafts store and buy blank watercolor postcards.

They’re the perfect size, and they are great for the kids’ paintings or drawings. Address the postcards to yourself, stamp them, and send them to your grandkids.

Ask their parents to encourage them to write or draw you something every couple of weeks. Even though you are out of sight, a steady stream of letters and pictures ensure that you’ll never be out of your grandchildren’s hearts.02

A Birthday Card for Every Year


Years ago, Grammy Marilyn Brewer showed me a stack of birthday cards she was mailing to her granddaughter Kara. “On every birthday, I send a card for each year of Kara’s life.”

What grandchild could ever forget a grammy who flooded the mailbox with cards? They can be homemade, so the only expenses are paper, envelopes, stamps, and time.

Send an Old-Fashioned Letter


We all love to receive mail, kids especially! A handwritten letter is a rare treat in today’s world. Put in little sketches, photos, or treats to add more fun.

It’s rare to receive a letter these days, so the grandchildren will appreciate the novelty and hopefully hold on to them for reference at a later date.

“What I have been doing for about a year now is to send my granddaughter little gifts, cards and letters about once a month. Her parents read these to her and I have asked them to keep them for my GD to see when she’s older so that she knows her grandmother was thinking of her even if she didn’t see her.”  

“I am sending monthly books (free postage through the Book Depository) and I wrote her a letter when she was born that I want her to have when she is older.” 

“How about also writing some stories for them and illustrating them yourself?” 

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