Nothing makes a task more difficult than having to go searching for the things you need to complete it. So if you plan to write to your child regularly, it makes sense to make sure you know where everything is that you need to get something into the mail.
What you need :
- Accordion File
- 3-Ring notebook
- 4 3-Ring binder zip lock pouches (in a pinch, you can punch holes in the bottom of a freezer zip lock bag and it works just as well)
- 4 3-Ring folder pockets (in a pinch, you can cut down the spine of a regular pocket folder and 3-ring punch the left hand side)
- 50 Peel off address labels with your address (these can be printed on Avery blank labels with a regular printer)
- 50 Peel off address labels with your child’s address
- Small add-ins (stickers, small amount gift cards, cartoon strips, magazine clips etc)
- Cards, post cards, etc
- Pens, pencils, crayons
- In each section of your accordion file, put a different set of items. Stamps in one, address labels in one, cards in one, etc. This accordion file is for your use. Make sure it has everything in it you need to write a letter.
- Add all of the 3-ring organizers to the binder and fill them with some of everything. The 3 ring binder is to be sent to your child. Make sure that they have a small pack of crayons, a pencil and a pen, stamps, address labels (it might be easier to pre-stick them in the right places if your child can’t read yet) and an ample supply of paper.
How to maintain it :
- Any time you see something neat that can be mailed, pick it up and add it to your file for later.
- The 3-ring is not a toy and it’s not for playing. It can come out to write a letter and then everything must go back into it and it is put away until next time.