The holidays are over and most likely your child is enjoying the presents he received. Now that a normal routine has resumed, it is a good time to encourage your child to write thank you notes to his gift givers. Writing notes is becoming a lost art, I’m afraid, but it really accomplishes several worthwhile goals. Taking the time to actually write and mail a note emphasizes to children the importance of being sincerely grateful. Somehow a quick “thanks for the train set” seems insincere when compared to a written note that takes time and effort. Also, the process of writing the note provides important skill practice. Obviously, fine motor skills get honed when writing notes. In addition, letter-sound associations are reinforced as your child listens to the sounds in words and identifies the letters that make those sounds.