Friday, May 7, 2010

Great American Post Card Swap

Well the swapping has begun.   Aimee over at Adventures and Pursuits has organized a Great American Postcard Swap.  50 families (one from each state) will swap postcards over the next year. Each state will have their own week and will send out 49 postcards, one to each state, during that week. It will go in alphabetical order of the states. At the end of 50 weeks we will all have received a postcard from 49 other states. This week we received our first postcard from Arkansas.....there was a bit of a mix-up and Alaska and Alabama are a bit delayed.

An entire wall in the playroom has been dedicated to displaying our postcards. When we receive a post card the children first find the state and it's capital on a US map. Once it has been located we place a push pin in the capital and then connect it to the postcard using embroidery floss. Next we use a measuring tape and calculate how far away each state is from our state.  In addition, we are learning a few state historical facts, the state bird, the state tree, and state motto. We hope to use this swap as an opportunity to not only learn US geography but also practice math and map skills. The children are very excited about this swap...who doesn't love getting mail!  I plan on doing a swap update once a month.