I believe in teaching kids good manners, writing thank you notes is one of them. That’s why, before we put away our new Christmas gifts, I have the kids write thank you notes.
What if they’re too young?
0 – 5 YEARS:
I take a photo of the girls holding up the present, tape it to a card or postcard and write a little thank you.
I’ve also taken a picture of my kids holding up a sign that says Thank You, sent it into a photo store to make into postcards. Even a baby can do this.
5 – 6 YEARS:
Kids can write modified thank you note. Show your beginning writer the words to copy onto another paper. Or write the words and have your child trace over your letters.
You write most of the letter and ask your beginning writer fill in the blanks you leave.
6 YEARS AND UP:
Model how to write a thank-you note. Give your child a letter model from which to write.
For each gift, I write sticky notes with the gift and who gave it. (example: aunt – money)
Enjoy the rest of your holidays and don’t forget to write those thank you notes!