writing prompts

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I have heard many sponsors say that they are sad because their older sponsored children use fill in the blank letters. And others say that their kids don't, and that they don't say much of anything. So, even though I have not encountered this problem, I was thinking about it. And this what I came up with- writing prompts. At the top of the letter it could say something like- tell your sponsor about your school subjects, when you started this school year, what grade you are in, your teachers, and your favorite subjects. don't forget to answer your sponsor's questions, too.
Then you could still theme your letters school or family, as well as let them write on their own. And of course, remind them to answer the questions their sponsor had. Just thought I would put it out there :)
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Hey Lizzie! Thanks for your idea. As of the end of this year, this will actually be implemented. Children over 8 will no longer send template letters and children age 3-8 will use age appropriate templates. Here's the specific information:
Children ages 3 to 8 will use structured templates for writing.

In the countries we work in, many children at this age aren’t able to write their own letters yet. Some do not start school until a later age or may even have to skip attending school altogether due to family circumstances. Despite these obstacles, we know that you still want to hear from them, and we’ve developed these templates to provide you with information you have told us you want.
Each template will represent one of six topical themes: family, favorites, center information, dreams, house, and Christian learning.They will include a basic question and answer section, a list of prayer requests, a fill-in-the-blank section, a checkbox section, a writing section (up to four lines of text), and a space for a drawing.

These changes are scheduled to be implemented by September, 2012, with some countries implementing them sooner.

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