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Letters to Ma’ama

Letters to Ma’ama

My son has had some issues with writing and reading this year.  Yes, he’s only finishing kindergarten, but based on the standards set, he’s not doing all that great.  His teacher has made suggestions for extra practice at home, but none have really taken hold.  It’s my mom who has made a suggestion that maybe clicks.  She and he will start writing letters to one another.  My mom’s in Michigan and we’re in Arizona, so it’s actually understandable that he write her a letter.  It would be weird if we lived closer I’m sure my son would have scoffed at the idea.  Why write Ma’ama a letter when we can hop in the car and drive 30 minutes to see her.

Saturday, Ma’ama’s first letter arrived.  Addressed to my son.  He was so excited to get some mail that was actually addressed to him.  When we got it home, he wanted to read it right away.  There was also a little surprise in the envelope – three $1 bills!  “I’m RICH!” he exclaimed.  After we finished reading the letter, he had to write back right away.  So we took two sheets of his kindergarten paper and wrote her back.  The first sheet we used to write what he wanted to tell her and I wrote it down.  Then on the second sheet he copied it, and that’s what went into the mail yesterday.  His writing takes up a lot of space, so what I wrote on mine didn’t fit all on one side of his, so I taught him about “P.S.”  He was excited to try this new concept, especially, I think, in his first letter to Ma’ama.

He was a little deflated after we’d finished and I told him the mail didn’t come on Sunday so we would have to wait until Monday to send it.  Ma’ama’s excited to get his response.

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