As some of you may know I am participating in the Teach Preschool Postcard Exchange. Well I have just mailed the second lot of postcards away. The first bunch were sent in the last week of September to the following locations: Naples, Florida; Monroe, New York; Becker, Minnesota; Columbia, Maryland; Freemont, New Hampshire. This week the cards went to these cities: Cheshire, England; Las Vegas, Nevada; Vanndale, Arkansas; Pasadena, Maryland; Cambridge, Minnesota.
I wanted the children to be actively involved in this process so I created a postcard template which I printed out & pasted to thick cardboard cut to roughly the same size. While I write a message about ourselves on one side the children create collaborative drawings on the other. They may look cheap & nasty, but I believe they are far more authentic than any store bought or commercially made postcard.
While I was excited about the possibilities of this exercise & remain positive as it has led to a great deal of interest in maps & letters as well as other things, I can't help but feel a little disappointed. Each month each group is meant to send a postcard to each member of another group with the recipient groups changing each month. In this way each service will have sent to & received from everyone except the services within their group. Yet to date I have only received 2 postcards & one of them from one of the recipients listed above. Sticking to the roster (believe me there needed to be a roster with over 300 participating services) they should not have sent a postcard to us until April.
It's disappointing that so early on there appears to be a lack of commitment. However, I won't let that take away the opportunities this experience is bringing & will continue to bring to my children. I just hope the others get as much out of it as we are.
Thank you Deborah J Stewart at Teach Preschool for this wonderful opportunity.