Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Earthschooling Postcard Exchange Fun



We had a lot of fun participating in the postcard exchange at:
http://earthschooling.ning.com/forum/topics/earthschooling-postcard

We wrote to five families last week. We purchased postcards while we were enjoying summer activities around town so choosing the postcards was part of the fun. When we went to the zoo we chose postcards of our favorite animals. There was even one postcard of a lion sleeping on a rock that looked exactly like a picture we took! When we went to Living History Farms, The Botanical Center and the airport we also found postcards we liked.

At the end of two weeks of postcard collecting I put addresses on all the cards and put the age of the child in the upper left hand corner. We then sat around the table together and the kids chose who they wanted to write to. Sofi wanted to write to everyone from the UK because she "likes English accents" LOL! Mosi (age 14) wanted to write to some of the little kids (2 and 3 year olds) as well as some of the kids her age. Sunii wanted to write to some of the boys.

It was a great learning experience for the kids. Writing letters is such a lost art and writing postcards is difficult because you can only say a few things. Without being prompted the kids got the globe and the US atlas out and started to find places on the map. They wanted to know where the postcards were going! Then they all started talking about places they had been together. It was a great time of sharing, learning and writing practice.

It looks like some new people signed up since we sent out our postcards so we are going to do this again in another week or two. It would be fun to make this a bi-weekly event. We used to sit down once or twice a month and write letters to friends and relatives - this might just be what we needed to get us inspired to start doing that again! I love that this is an ongoing postcard exchange! You never know when someone will send you something or when someone new will sign up :)

6 comments:

MamaRose said...

Kristie and Family,
Thank you so much! We received our cards last week and I must say...it was sooo exciting for little one's to receive their own mail. Tyler (2 1/2) was absolutely thrilled! He couldn't wait for Dada to get home to show him. It was the one of the lion :D We also didn't expect Zoe to get one (7 months old)! I would like to say that I'm super glad she did. She kept looking at the picture of the giraffe, really taking it in. Thank you Burns Family...you're the best!!

Phoenix said...

I love this idea. I've been teaching cursive writing this past year with a view to put the work into action.

Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND said...

Mama Rose - thank you so much for the comment. When my kids were so excited to hear this!!!! Thank you!

Phoenix - what a great idea. One of my kids cannot tolerate writing cursive for very long so this is a great way to practice!

Hallie said...

Thankyou so much for sending some our way too! The girls loved it and enjoy learning about the different states! We have gotten so many postcards over the summer for our states project (close to 100 now!) that we didn't have time to study them all! We are going to continue our state studies into the school year now too! We collected a stack of postcards and will start working on them this week! Where did the summer go?

Jo said...

Just wondering if this Postcard Exchange is still going on - we would love to participate!!

Joanna, William (7) and Charlie (4)

Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND said...

Dear Jo,

Yes, it is ongoing :) We still get postcards from time to time from people on the list.

Blessings & Health,
Kristie
www.Earthschooling.com