Designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores the connection between our environment and emotions, and offers the simple idea that joy - and noticing it - can be an achievement that contributes to our overall wellbeing and connection our surroundings. Check out her TED talk here.
Her book - Joyful - on the aesthetics that bring us joy and how to notice them - made me think about the letters we send home with students.
What if we moved from simple / institutional Looking letters HOME...
To letters that AESTHETICALLY expressed greater joy, connection, and HUMANITY.
Imagine colors or themes like these:
Constraints include color printing at schools or just time on hand to invest in this - but I can imagine some workarounds!
(Interesting black and white patterns // asking students to add a "splash of color" before getting their parent/guardian to sign, or simply lobbying your principal that nothing could be more important than neon paper).