Have you head about Postcrossing?
Postcrossing is an international postcard exchange site that allows you (and your children if you sign them up) postcards from around the world. It’s a really interesting way to help your child work on such things as:
- geography – by mapping the places that you send postcards to and receive postcards from
- math – by figuring up how far your postcards travel and how long it takes your postcards to get to their destination, as well as figuring up postage
- penmanship – by writing their own cards, addressing and sending them, plus the possibility of finding a pen-pal for longer letters.
- critical thinking – postcards are small – getting their thoughts into organized form and written aids in communication, plus mailing things internationally is not as easy as mailing domestically
- foreign language – thought not a full language course, exposure breeds familiarity, familiarity breeds interest, interest breeds a desire to learn
- socialization – the broader your child’s acquaintances, the better off he’ll be
It’s free to join, and once you send out a card, you’ll get one back. It costs about $1 per card to send one internationally. We’ve sent our 5 so far and all of them have been received. Now we’re eagerly awaiting cards from parts unknown. Give it a try!