Teach Preschool Fall Postcard Exchange 2012 – 2013

This will be my third year to offer up a post card exchange and each year, I learn something new about organizing and keeping up with the post card exchange process…

I want to be honest with you, last year the postcard exchange came with problems so I have modified the exchange for this year which I think will make it more manageable for me as well as for everyone else who participates.  So if you participated last year and are thinking about participating this year, be sure to read through this entire post to see what the changes will be…

Fall Postcard Exchange

The following are the details for the Fall Postcard Exchange…

Date: Week of September 10th, 2012 through the week of November 12th, 2012

Number of post cards : Depending on the number of people who sign up, you will need to plan to mail at least 1 postcard per week over an 11 week period of time.

Who may join: The fall postcard exchange is open to any preschool age (ages 3 to 5) classroom or homeschool group of children.

What should you send: Any type of postcard is acceptable.

What should you include on your postcard: A little bit about your class and the state or country your post card is from.

How do you sign up: Please see the form below to sign up for the Fall Postcard Exchange.  Be sure to fill out the form completely and DOUBLE CHECK YOUR INFORMATION before submittingIf the information you enter and sumbit is incorrect, I will not be able to fix it!

Deadline to Sign-up for the Fall Postcard Exchange was September 1st, 2012!

Sign up for the 2012 Fall Post Card Exchange is now CLOSED!

No one will be added to the Fall Postcard Exchange after the deadline. There is a scroll bar at the side and bottom of this form you can use to help you view the entire form.  Once you submit the form – you will be assigned to an exchange group.  You will be notified of your group information by email the week of September 10th, 2012.

How to introduce the postcard exchange to your class.

How you wish to introduce the postcard exchange or track the postcards you receive with your students is entirely up to you but here are a few suggestions from our class…

Provide a Map

We provided a world map to use as a way for our students to see where the postcards were coming from.

Make the Postcards Available

We added little pockets to our map so the children could take the postcards out and look at them whenever they wanted to…

Share the postcards

We read each postcard we received during circle time to the entire class then passed the postcard around for each child to take a closer look…

Invite Discussion

Based upon where the postcard came from and what was written on the card, we used the information to invite discussion about our world map and about what other children do in preschool…

Postcard Mailbox

We created a mailbox out of a cereal box to store our postcards in as they arrived in the mail…

Invite Creativity

We invited the children decorate their own postcards along the way. We made lots of postcards throughout the school year, so we tried different techniques for decorating our cards…

I hope you will join us for the Fall Postcard Exchange!

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Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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