Children Around the World – Sending Cards

In April we celebrate Children Around the World.
We started with our Big Book Atlas.
Then we studied the world, talking about children everywhere.
Look at our arms – we are all different, yet much the same.

We made cards to send to children like us.
Oh, we made many, many cards.
And, children still wanted to make more.
Decorating the outside of the card was fun!
Knowing these cards were going to children around the world
made their artwork on the outside of the cards special.

Children wrote words.  They started with
“HELLO FROM (NAME)”
They wanted to write more words.
Next they wrote,
“HELLO FROM GROTON MASSACHUSETTS”
Writing Massachusetts is really hard to do!
Some children wanted to write even more,
adding their own “I LOVE YOU.”

Why is this important?
Making a card to send to someone is
all hands-on, creative, no technology needed,
and most importantly it spreads a heartfelt message.

We mailed our cards to Ritu’s preschool class
in the United Kingdom
But I Smile Anyway…
and to Beth’s Pre-K class in Michigan
I didn’t have my glasses on….

Am I bringing back writing cards and letters
and connecting people the way they should be connected?
You bet I am!

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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90 Responses to Children Around the World – Sending Cards

  1. beth says:

    I still write and love handwritten letters and feel lucky to have received a wonderful package of them from your class. Our class is very excited to write back!

  2. How wonderful! I especially love the bit about writing “I love you” to a stranger. What a lucky person to receive that.

  3. Ritu says:

    We are so excited!

  4. YAY! With wonderful teachers like you, hopefully children will learn the power of letter writing – never to be replaced by e-mails or tweets or texts. I write snail mail to friends/family at least once or twice a week. And even just to acquaintances. It spreads the power of love.

    • Jennie says:

      Hear, hear!! You hit the nail on the head. And thank you for your kind words. 🙂

      • One of my writing friends is publishing a book this summer on … the importance of letter writing!

      • Jennie says:

        Wonderful!! The children often write a big letter (their words, my writing) and decorate it with drawings. We sent one to the Queen of England and she replied! We sent one to Boston Dynamics about their robots and the engineers Zoomed with the children. On and on with many stories…it is important!

  5. Good job Jennie and kids!

  6. I’ll bet Ritu’s and Beth’s students were thrilled to receive the cards from the Aqua Roomers. Way to go!

  7. Ally Bean says:

    This is fun. I love all of it. Of course I’ve always been a fan of snail mail. I bet your students will remember this forever.

  8. Good for you, Jennie. Letter writing is a lost art.

  9. What a wonderful thing to do! Puts me in mind of the years when I had a pen pal.

  10. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful and meaningful project! I think we all love getting things in the mail. I’m delighted you connected with Ritu and Beth’s classes.

  11. joylennick says:

    A great idea, pen-paling at its best… xx

  12. How wonderful! I love that you’re writing and focusing on snail mail! Who doesn’t love receiving a lovely card in the mail? 😀 I hope it won’t be long before the Aqua Room receives a card from those classes to enjoy.

  13. Chris Hall says:

    What a brilliant idea!

  14. HI Jennie, this is a marvelous idea. I remember when I was a little girl of 7, I had yellow jaundice and I was off school for 6 weeks. The children all made me a get well card and I just loved them. Sadly, they were lost in one of our moves.

  15. beetleypete says:

    That is just wonderful, to teach them the power of ‘real mail’ in the electronic age. I hope they get huge bundles of replies!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      ‘Real mail’, I like those words. I think this is exactly what children need in the electronic age. And, the children’s excitement is the proof. Thank you, Pete.

  16. Great job! Those cards are so cute and the picture with all the children touching the earth is really beautiful.

  17. petespringerauthor says:

    How fun, Jennie. As usual, your lessons carry so much impact. It should be a kick for them to hear back from Ritu and Beth’s kids. One of my brothers was also a teacher, and we did pen pals some years together. My brother and I started getting silly and sent vials with Minnesota air or California water with the letters. I remember my kids being amazed by the pictures of their Minnesota pen pals playing in the snow—something many of my students had never done.

    • Jennie says:

      This was really fun! I know Beth and Ritu are excited, too. You’re right, the lessons learned here carry much weight for children. I love what you did with your brother’s class!

  18. TanGental says:

    What a tremendous idea. It’ll be fascinating to read about the progress of this. I can see Ritu bouncing with excitement when the envelope arrives!!

  19. What a wonderful project for these children. I hope they carry that feeling with them into their lives. I love sending cards to people that rarely get snail mail. There is nothing happier in a day than finding a sweet card in the mailbox. I have made several of my own but the writing of them and hoping for a happy smile at the other end is what it’s all about. I save all the cards I’m sent and often tape them on the door so I can see them for a long time. I sure hope you inspire these sweet children to keep up the good work.

    • Jennie says:

      Snail mail is the best! Everyone is happy to receive it. And, children are even happier to make it. That’s the big bonus. Win-win. I save my cards, too, and tape then to the interior door frame. They are treasures. Thank you, Marlene. I will keep inspiring children.

  20. What a wonderful and superb idea, Jennie. Nice to see children writing to others and hoping for some beautiful letters too. A nice post.

  21. What a cool idea!!😀

  22. Riddhi Jain says:

    Good work Jennie👍👍

  23. Beautiful … Love what you are doing with the Children Jennie… ❤

  24. Brilliant and thoughtful 👏 💯

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  26. dgkaye says:

    What a beautiful idea to send letters. ❤

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  28. emmblu says:

    What an excellent idea ❤ It’s best to nurture seeds of compassion and kindness in them and an appreciation for the simpler things in life while they’re still young. These kids are off to a good start, thanks to teachers like you. Keep up the good work and blessings to you always

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  31. JoyWadi says:

    Wow this fun! Enjoy your day

  32. This is an great idea. Nothing is better than keeping the connection up, and handwriting is as personal as intriguing. xx Michael

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