Feeling a bit anxious/nervous because none of the penpal letters have made it to their recipients in the US yet. I have 3 different envelopes out and still waiting on all three of them. I sent them 2 weeks ago, so I’m not sure why they’re taking this long. They’re just letters 😦 There are about 50-70 students waiting on these letters…c’mon postal service, c’mon! 😦
I was a bit concerned about my youngest kids and this penpal project because we’re matching the kids up with 5th graders and I didn’t know if (1) they would have much to talk about with the age gap (my youngest: 1 kindy and some 1st graders) and (2) ability level.
So, I did some poking around and I got another class (THANK YOU MATT!!!!!!!!!) that is interested in writing to my youngest babies. They’re kindergarten, but apparently fairly advanced. Either way, that would be great practice for them.
Yay! 😀 😀
Still awaiting a confirmation email on the second school from the teacher herself, but I’m feeling good. Happy week 😀
This is a tiny post but I can’t contain my excitement to combine it with something else, so here we are.
I have been toying with the idea of organizing a penpal project for my students for awhile (just brewing in the back of my mind) and I mentioned it to my boss today and got it approved!
I wrote out a message to all of my teacher friends in the US and UK asking if they would like to write to my kids and participate and I just got someone who was as excited as I am. Less than 3 hours later. 😀 😀 😀
I did a mini-penpal thing a few months back where my kids wrote to “a book character” (me) and I wrote a custom letter back to each of them. It was a ton of work though (20+ custom letters). We did it back and forth twice and they got excited about the letters, but I think this will be more exciting. They’ll have real kids their own age and they can practice writing in a real sense…not just in a workbook or for a test.
Maybe even form some long-term friendships??
Anyway, I had long day Friday and was ready to leave, but now with this new little project, I’m excited for Monday to get here 😀