Writing postcards

Today we wrote 5 postcards for the postcrossing project I signed us up for last night. The kids & I worked together to write & decorate the postcards.

Even Babyman drew a little picture on one of them.

The Bubble dictated what I had to write, here’s what she asked me to write to Helga from Germany:

Hello. O is a baby. I am nearly 4 years old. I live in Albany. Sometimes people go fishing on the jetty at the beach. Goodbye. From Z. It rained today.

Margarete, also from Germany will receive a postcard with a picture of a humpback whale, a blue wren & a picture of Little Beach with this note on the back:

Hello. My name is Z. I am nearly 4 years old. I want to say “Hello” to a humpback whale. My little brother is O. I live in this house in Albany. I live with my Mum & my Dad & O. Mum is writing for me. Humpback whales sing. Have a nice day. From Z.

Jinhui from China got a postcard with a humpback whale on it also, it reads:

Hello whale! I am almost 4 years old. I have a baby brother. From Z

There was no room for anything else, The Bubble had drawn a big picture.

On a large card with a picture of the natural bridge I write this to Miklos from Germay:

Hello. I have a purple pencil. I also have some fat pencils. I have all the pencils. I am nearly 4 years old. How old are you? My Mum is 27. My Dad is Liam. I live in Albany. Ok? Goodbye from Z. See you later on.

Finally, Alex from the Netherlands gets a card with a photo of the main street of Albany, it reads:

Hello. This is Albany. I live in Albany. I am nearly 4 years old. My little brother is a baby. I live with my Mum & my Dad & my brother. Have a nice day. From Z.

At the post office, while buying stamps, I had a fantastic discussion about unschooling with the woman serving us. It was really refreshing to have someone respond so positively when I explained the lack of curriculum. She was very positive about my explanation that postcrossing would be an interesting & spontaneous introduction to various parts of the world, therefore covering geography quite effectively.

So now the postcards are done, we’ll put them in a postbox tomorrow morning before storytime at the library & then we wait for them to be received & registered so we can receive postcards from someone else! Yay.

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Postcrossing (strewing geography)

A member of the forum at Natural Learning Australia linked to a site called Postcrossing last month. I finally got around to looking at it today & I’ve decided to join up in The Bubble & Babyman’s names.

The basic idea is that you register then request an address, with each address request you are given an ID number. You send a postcard to the address you’ve been randomly allocated & include the ID number on the postcard so the recipient can enter the ID number on the website once it reaches them. Once you have sent a postcard you’ll then be eligible to receive one. You can request 5 addresses at once, the more postcards you send out, the more postcards you can send next time.

I think this is a fantastic way to strew geography. The sproggets will receive postcards from places all over the world, places they’ve never heard of, places they may like to learn more about once they receive a postcard from there.

Initially I will send the postcards without any input from the sproggets, I think they’re too young to understand what it’s all about at the moment, but I have entered their names on our address card along with our family PO Box number so the postcards received will be addressed to them. When they’re a little older I’ll explain the reciprocal nature of postcrossing & they may like to send postcards themselves. Until then, I think they’ll delight in receiving special mail addressed to them & I’ll delight in the opportunity to learn about other parts of the world with them.

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