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Letter to a future self

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Letter to a future self

What to do with this activity?

Talk to your child about their hopes and dreams for the future. Encourage them to write a letter to their future self - perhaps at the grand age of 20 or even 30. 

What would they like their life will be like in the future?  Will they have the same friends, or new ones? Will they have travelled across the world? What do they hope they will they be studying or working at? Will they happy, sporty, kind, ambitious, satisfied with their life? What do they hope the world will be like in their future - for themselves and all the people of the earth? 

Thinking into the future might help your child to set goals for themselves and to think about our collective future too. Talk about it together first, and encourage your child's thinking skills. Suggest ways they can write their thoughts down. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.

  • How can I do more?

    Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.

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