One of my kids' favorite "jobs" is to collect the mail and to put mail in the mailbox.
Almost every day Landon asks if he got any mail. Almost every day the answer is no. Except for the one day a month when his Big Backyard magazine comes in the mail or around his birthday, there isn't much in the mailbox for a soon to be five year old.
A few weeks ago Chrissie shared on her blog that her girls now had pen pals and I thought this would be a great idea for Landon. Not only because he would be excited to put his own mail in the mailbox and receive something in the mail, but it would be a great way to work on letter formation and letter sounds (getting in school work without him realizing it is "school").
As I was thinking about a pen pal for Landon one little boy came to my mind, Sarah's son, Jack . Over the past year or so as we have become blog friends, we have read and shared stories about these two energetic life lovin' boys. We know that if they lived in the same city they would be great friends.
Last weekend, Landon worked diligently on a letter and picture for his new pen pal Jack.
He was so proud as he put the stamp on the letter,
walked it to the mailbox,
and put the flag up on the mailbox.
I am looking forward to the day Landon receives his letter - I am sure his jubilant shout will be heard all the way to Jack's Midwestern hometown.
I am excited to see these boys develop a long distance friendship through the almost forgotten art of the handwritten letter.