Giving Thanks: Let's Write a Thank-You Note! (Self-Paced)

We're practicing gratitude in this class by writing a letter -- with a step-by-step video guiding learners through the different parts. (Ages 7-12)

Course Summary

Let's get together and practice the art of written communication through letter writing! This self-paced class contains a video walking learners step-by-step through how to write individual and custom thank you letters for expressing gratitude using either templates provided or self-supplied paper.

Through a fun instructional video, the teacher will introduce and demonstrate the structure and format of a letter, including:


The teacher will suggest options of content to include, as well as offer some samples for writing inspiration. Learners are encouraged to follow along, pausing to fill in each section in turn with their own original, custom content. For some letters, learners may want to know beforehand the recipient and the reason for their letter. Learners are encouraged to interact with each other by uploading and sharing their completed letters in the classroom.

Templates are provided for use in writing letters, but learners can also use their own: plain or lined paper, stationery, cards, etc. A separate template and video will also be provided to demonstrate formatting for envelopes, but in order to keep student information confidential, learners are asked to not share them in class.

Learners should already know how to write independently, and will need something to write with, something to write on, and optionally something to color/draw with.

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Giving Thanks

$5 USD

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Heidi Lathrem

Bringing the practical to the digital.


My name is Heidi. I've been homesteading for two decades, and homeschooling as long as I've had a school-age kid. I think that learning happens both intentionally and experientially, and there is something to be said for serious indoor study, as well as having fun and just exploring the world.

I have been taking care of the family farm for more than 20 years; tending garden, orchard, a timber stand, and raising dairy goats, chickens, and waterfowl. My family started and operates a goat milk soap business and my husband creates and carves with a CNC he built and programmed himself.

In the dark and rainy US Pacific Northwest winters, we find enough down time for video gaming. Raised around some of the early home computers, the first game I fell in love with was Boulder Dash on the Commodore 64 - and I've been gaming ever since. Some of my favorite games are Stardew Valley, Slime Rancher, and Core Keeper; but our family currently has an extensive library of more than 3,000 game titles. I am happy to provide a safe space for other like-minded gamers to play without exposure to some of the toxic online gaming communities. I love to talk and play games, and learn about new ones, too!

I have bachelor's degrees in both Biblical Languages (Greek and Hebrew) and linguistics. My master's degree in Biblical Studies focused primarily on the text of the Bible, as well as ancient cultures and languages in the surrounding region. I've been teaching for more than ten years, with extensive experience both in the classroom and online platforms, with students ranging from kindergarten through grad school. I have taught at private schools, college campuses, and homeschool co-ops. I have also taught virtually in both the master's of education and doctorate of education programs at Concordia University Online.

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