My daughter recently had an assignment in English 7 to imagine she had been assigned a pen pal in another state and that this person knew nothing about her. She had to write a letter introducing herself. Well, she completed the assignment; but I thought, why not reach out into the homeschool community and see who would be willing to write her as a pen pal?
Writing to a pen pal helps students develop essential skills like reading and writing. Even the apostles knew that letters from a friend could be encouraging and edifying. In fact, much of the New testament is composed of letters the apostles wrote to friends or to churches. For the Christian, exchanging letters with a pen pal can be a similarly rich experience. It allows them to learn from someone living in a different area of the world. Most importantly, however, it allows them to edify and encourage one another.
If you have a student who would be willing to write to a pen pal, your student may send a letter to Pen Pals, 6235 Hwy 69 South, Kountze, TX 77625; and my 12-year-old daughter will gladly respond through snail mail.