Hello Good People
Yes, I know, don’t all faint at once. Two posts on the one day!
I’ve mentioned the postcard re children re WORDS: the reading and writing thereof. However, I’ve not explained in detail, so here it is. If you’re a mum, dad, granddad or nan; Head Teacher, teacher, run a nursery or are involved in a Primary school, perhaps this is something you could think of introducing to the little ones.
Get some kind local printing company to print off some postcards for you. The name and emblem of your school, or nursery, club, whatever, and/or some cuddly little creature on the one side, and on the other, the usual postcard lines configuration: two-thirds of this side given over the message text, the last third to accommodate address and a small space for a stamp (so it can be used in its conventional form also).
You then invite the little ones to write little messages to their friends, or parents, nans and granddads or …. their teachers …. and hand the postcard to the person they have chosen to receive the unexpected honour. The recipient can also, if they wish (by way of encouragement) reply in a like manner.
At the heart of all this – WORDS, one of the greatest gifts that a human being can possess. The second principal means of communication after the spoken word. Indeed, for some, the first!
WORDS: Their meanings, the writing and reading of, and how to construct sentences. In a phrase: how to communicate via the written word.
I close with a few verses I wrote for the ‘GEORGE’ bookmarker:
Read to me
Reveal the Gift
For me to learn by
Understand, communicate by.
Read to me
So that I in turn
Can read to others
Pass on the Gift.
Read to the children.
Give a little of your time,
So they can also possess
Of WORDS …. FOR LIFE.
I wrote the above after reading of the Duchess of Cornwall’s article in the Sunday Express, back in April, in which she asked adults to read to their children for at least fifteen minutes a day.