As child sponsors, we each know how important it is to write to and build a relationship with our sponsored children. However, the ink of creativity can run dry and the letter writing dries up right along with it. At least one Saturday a month in 2014, we will share a letter writing topic that we have used in the past or plan to use in the future. Many if not all of our sponsored children attend the child development centers for activities on Saturdays, so we thought this would be a helpful way to be praying for our children while we put these letters and packages together. So, let’s begin writing our letters of love!
All about (your state)
We live in the state of Michigan in the Midwest part of the United States. On January 26, 1837, Michigan became a state. We thought our children would love to learn about Michigan. We have not yet sent this letter along, but it will go out very soon.
Topics included in the letter:
• Basic overview of state geography (including the great lakes and upper and lower peninsulas)
• Lighthouses (very important and historic Michigan landmark)
• Common trees, plants, vegetables, and fruits grown in Michigan
• Famous celebrations (fruit festivals)
• Popular sports and outdoor recreational activities
• Symbols important to Michigan (state flag, flower, tree, and animal)
Possible Questions to include:
- Is your country divided into states similar to the United States?
- What plants, trees, and animals are near your home?
- What activities do people near you enjoy?
- Are there any rivers or other important landmarks near your home?
- Are there any symbols important to you and the people around you?
Goodies to include:
• Pictures of state symbols
• Map of the United States with Michigan highlighted
• State postcards
• State coloring pages found here.
Have you or will you write a letter about your state to your sponsored children? What did or will you share? Any specific questions or goodie ideas you would like to share with your fellow readers and us? Please feel free to share and use or adapt this letter idea as you see fit. We would be especially interested in how our international friends living outside the United States use this idea. Thanks for writing with us, and please join us again in February as we write another letter of love!