A Letter to Myself
Children set goals for the future and think about how they will achieve
What You Need
- Writing paper
- Drawing materials
What to Do
- Have several volunteers name someone they think is a hero and describe
what that person did to become a hero. Write the ideas on the chalkboard.
- Next have children consider what these heroes might have been like
at their age. To encourage a discussion about a child's dreams and plans
for the future, ask such questions as these:
- Do you think [person] knew what he/she wanted to be when he/she
- What plans might [person] have made to make sure that the dream
- Did [person] have to have any special training or education to
do what he/she did? What do you think it was like?
- What kind of advice do you think [person] might give you about
doing what he/she did?
- Tell children they are going to write a letter to themselves in which
they tell what they hope to do when they grow up. They must also tell
how they hope to meet those goals. Suggest that children illustrate
the final copy of their letters.
- Explain to children that when they are older, they can open the letter
and see how close they came to their dreams. Point out, though, that
dreams can change, and the ones they have later can be just as good
as what they think now.
- Send the letters home with a note asking a family member to file the
letter where it will be safe.
- For further letter-writing experience, have children write a letter
to one of the people they consider a hero. In the letter, they might
tell that person about their own goals and ask advice about reaching
- Gather addresses for sources of free materials. Have children write
for free information about such subjects as pet care and the environment.
Model the correct forms for addressing an envelope and writing a return
- On the computer, have children create and print out a set of labels
with each classmate's name and home address. They can use these for
return addresses or for stamped, self-addressed envelopes when sending
for free material.
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