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Study: Exchanging handwritten letters strengthens children's literacy skills and family ties


Young children who write letters back and forth to extended family members improve their literacy skills. They also develop a stronger connection with distant relatives, a University of Texas at Arlington study finds. Kathryn Pole, an assistant professor in the UTA College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, followed 22 kindergarten students at a public school for one school year. She wanted to track their progress when they wrote and exchanged letters with relatives such as a grandparent, aunt or other extended family member. more

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