We set up our classes to have pairs. My class is a special education class of 15:1 (+ 1 student) and she has about 20 something. Some of my kids write two letters to two kids so each child gets a letter. We waited until October to write our first letter since we start classes in September and with all the beginning of year routines and pre assessments, it was much too crazy. So each month our class writes a letter to each other. We send little care packages to each other's class and the kids really enjoy that their writing goes to an ACTUAL PERSON!!! One of my kids couldn't believe that there was someone who was going to read their letter and WRITE BACK!!! This student then was so motivated to write!!
The first month, they sent basic letters telling where they were from and some things they liked. I sent Buffaloes molded out of chocolate for each child in Gina's class and I sent her some "todo" lists because she is lost without them : ) This month my students talked a little about snow, things they liked and/or wanted for the holidays. I sent them a book about the weather here in Buffalo! Check out the pictures below : )
: ) Jackie