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Hand-Written Letters and Children's Literacy

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 2, 2016 11:00 pm
  • 14:16

Guest: Kathryn Pole, PhD, Assistant Professor in Literacy Studies at the University of Texas Arlington  Who doesn’t love getting mail? I mean a REAL hand-written letter? But we send them so rarely that children today hardly know what it feels like to get a letter from grandma. However, one kindergarten teacher found that when she introduced a letter-writing project into her classroom, not only did the kindergartners’ writing skills evolve dramatically, but they tapped into a new way of recording family history.