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Whether you keep in touch via smoke signals, through the postal service, or by email like in Dead Frog On The Porch, there is nothing like receiving a personal message from someone!

Next week, from the 8th to the 14th, is the ideal time to reconnect with friends and family by making the most of Universal Letter Writing Week. Take a few moments to jot down your thoughts or write about what is new in your life. If you really want to get into the project you can even create a whole summary of your experiences in 2010 – sort of like a late holiday letter – and send it out to everyone you know!

Children are bound to find this an interesting activity since they love to express themselves. What better way to show the people they care about what is new and exciting in their lives than to tell them in their own words? And, of course, if the child is too young to write their own letter, they can either dictate to someone older or draw a picture to send instead.

As an added bonus to this fun venture, why not offer them the chance to compose a note using a very different means? World Braille Day is on January 4th and can really enrich such a project by adding an element of intrigue. Not too many sighted people know how to read or write Braille, so the chance to learn and use this interesting skill will likely be very welcomed by kids in particular! They can either set up a piece of cardboard below some paper and work backwards and upside down by pressing firmly with a stylus or pen to create the raised dots, or they can simply copy out the symbols to form words so that they get the feel of the writing without… well… getting the feel of the writing!

If you would like to order a copy of Dead Frog On The Porch, click on the book cover below!

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