A Great Letter Can Change The World

Letters shared between Pyjama Angel volunteers and their Pyjama Kids!

Thinking of You Week 2021

To whom it may concern,

A great letter can change the world.

Just look at Charles Darwin’s letter introducing the idea of evolution and natural selection, or the influence of the love letters shared between Romeo and Juliet.

In the age of digital communication, written letters are a rare and exciting – receiving a letter in the mail is incomparable to receiving instant messages on Facebook. From pen pals to love letters and treasured notes from special people in our lives, written letters bridge the physical distance between us and our loved ones. Whether your heart is warmed writing a letter to someone special, or you’re grateful for someone spending their time to write and send something to your door – handwritten letters spread cheer wherever they are sent.

Thinking of You Week is an annual event by the Australian Greeting Card Association, designed to create a wave of love, caring and happiness. During the week of June 20 – 27th, anyone can be part of Thinking of You Week by sending a card or letter to a lucky recipient.

Pyjama Angels may decide to get involved by practicing letter writing with their little ones during their visit. This activity is valuable for lessons in handwriting, grammar and conventions of writing a letter. It also encourages creativity for children to make their own cards and delivers a valuable life lesson for traditional forms of communication.

Follow the links on these images for our free printable resources for letter writing and some tips on conventions of letter writing!

Why teach children how to write letters in this digital era?

Letters are still widely used across formal and informal formats. While informal letters can be fun and relaxed, formal letters serve an important purpose, in which writing constructing it correctly is vital. A letter may be a point of difference to contact a hiring manager, make an impact when delivering a statement or a necessary means of communication to send an invitation or accompany physical documents.

Tips to formatting your letter

  • Place the date in the top right corner
  • Address the recipient appropriately. This may mean starting with ‘Hi…’ or ‘Dear …’ depending on the purpose of the letter.
  • After addressing the recipient by name, don’t forget a comma!
  • Main body of the letter should be straightforward, with the purpose clear to reduce risk of running out of writing space.
  • Chose an appropriate complimentary closing. For example, best wishes, regards, yours truly etc.
  • Don’t forget to sign off with your name so your recipient knows who it’s from!

I’ve written the letter, now what?

The next steps are arguably the most important. For your letter to be delivered exactly where you need it to be, there are some important steps to take.

Step 1: Place your letter into an envelope and seal the flap down so it can’t escape!

Step 2: Write your recipients name and address in the centre of the envelope

Step 3: Write the postcode of the recipient in the bottom right corner

Step 4: Place a stamp in the top right corner of the envelope

Step 5: Write the senders name and address on the reverse side of the envelope, on the top of the flap. This is in case something goes wrong and the letter cannot be delivered, so it will be returned to you.

Step 6: Post your letter by placing it into a red Australia Post mailbox!

We hope you have the best time creating cards and writing letters this week and every week!

Yours sincerely,

The Pyjama Foundation