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We like to see Postcrossing as a hobby for the whole family. It might sound strange, but it's true that very few hobbies can be done by such a wide age group. We have Postcrossers of all ages and we believe it's quite special that Postcrossing can reach everyone, independently of it's age, gender and, of course, geographic location.

Today we have learned from a Postcrosser and its use for the postcard exchanges: Postcrossing as a school project. She is a teacher in a school which used Postcrossing as a tool for teaching geography and history to the students. We couldn't be happier about this so we asked if we could share the story with everyone. Here's the transcript of what she told us:

In my second grade classroom, we have been Postcrossing for most of our school year. Recently, our 100th postcard arrived! Each student, myself (teacher), and 3 adult helpers prepared reports about an assigned country from which we received a postcard. Projects from my class of 7 - 9 year olds included powerpoint presentations, dioramas, posters, travel guides, fact books, and more. Each student took turns sharing and teaching the other students about their assigned country.

Then last Friday, with help from parents, we had our party. We sampled food from different parts of the world, match Moomin and Miffy on-line, revisited our projects, and played a geography trivia game.

I want to thank everyone who may have sent us a card! This has been such a fun and exciting project. My class has not only learned about their world, they have learned that different cultures, languages, thoughts, and ideas are what makes our world more FUN! This project was also a very unexpected lesson in history. Other Postcrossers who sent us cards did an EXCELLENT job of providing information about where they live. Because of your information, my second graders know a wealth of information from all over the world. It helped sharpen their problem solving and research skills.

Postcrossing as a school project

Postcrossing as a school project

Postcrossing as a school project

For the last day of school, my students will each take home a few cards from different countries and US states. They are already starting to pick out their favorites.

I will, without a doubt, do this again with next year's class, and every year after that! THANK YOU POSTCROSSING for being the best geography-teaching tool a teacher can have!

And all we can say is thank you! And thank you for sharing this story with us all.

If you know of other interesting uses of Postcrossing, we would love to hear from you!

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35 comments so far

butterflycard, Malaysia
Yes postcards and stamps can help learning and reading in a great way.This is a fun way to rid Dyslexia.I have this technique well in Asia.For example one child started to read better when the issue of Flags was introduced.
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postmuse, United States of America
Very cool! I hope that more teachers will use PostCrossing. I know postage is very expensive, but it is such a thrill to receive a card from faraway places.
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gabis, Germany
I would like to go to school once again! How boring was my geography lesson in the past...
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sonataca, United States of America
I wish my school had done this...
Like I state in my profile, postcrossing is an educational experiance also because you get to learn about different countries and places.

Paulo and Ana, you should get a Novel Peace Prize for creating such a wonderful project! This project has the strength to finish lots of problems in this world!
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piggykr, Korea (South)
I too use postcrossing in my classroom. I teach EFL and it is great for reading and writing practice. I also use the postcards I recieve as visuals for various topics from geography to food and animals. The kids quite like it.
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pianogirlstudio, Singapore
It's a great way for kids to learn about other countries and philately. I'm doing something like that for my piano studio now - my students & I are trying to collect music postcards from around the world and when we have enough we will take some photos and publish it on our website. =)
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AllSerene, United Kingdom
I've sent cards to a few class projects and really enjoy choosing cards for them and finding something interesting to write about. I think it's a wonderful idea for teaching children about the world around them.
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timia, Portugal
i sent a card to an american school once (don't know if it was this one), i told them about "fado" and "saudade", i hope it helped! :)
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Norway_girl, Norway
Postcards are a great way to learn history and geograpy!
Used some postcards when we presented a school trip to Italy a few years ago.

And I did make a notebook for my nephew and gave to him at his 1. birthday. Not sure how much he get's out of it yet, but he'll hopefully learn from it when he's older. And my sister said it was a great gift! Would for sure not got that idea if I haven't been here at Postcrossing.
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Lata, United Kingdom
I agree, it is a brilliant idea and I am sure that the kids and the parents appreciate all the hard work that the teachers have put into the project!
Laura
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rickfm, Brazil
I sent a postcard here in postcrossing to another school project in Taiwan.
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FairyFoot, United Kingdom
Yay. Good luck for next year.
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Skron, United States of America
I just received a card from a school project in Belfast, Ireland. The child wrote in French as part of his studies.
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blunosr, Canada
What a fabulous idea for a geography class. Kudos to the teachers who use creative ideas like Postcrossing to make learning fun.
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KarenElissa, United States of America
Count me in as another teacher who uses postcrossing with her kids. I work at an after-school program and try and do projects that are both educational and fun, the stuff that many teachers don't have time to do any more. And Postcrossing fits that perfectly. The kids love choosing postcards to send and of course love it when we get one. We have a big map with pins for all the postcards we have received. The know that we have tons from Finland and only one from Africa. They also love picking out their favorite cards. It has been wonderful for everyone!
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bakabo, Thailand
It's really good idea to teach children. :)
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phisseraph, Taiwan
Great! My first postcard form this project was from Michigan and also sent by teacher and students! It's really nice to know that there are so many people sending postcards for such a special goal :)
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ParkSchool, United Kingdom
We are a class of 13/14 year olds from a school in Belfast who have recently started postcrossing. We love sending and especially receiving postcards from all over the world. We use postcrossing to learn about other countries and also to practice writing a little in French. Sometimes we even get messages written in French, which is very cool! We LOVE postcrossing :-)
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kazinhabueno, Brazil
I've learned a lot with Postcrossing too!!!
Congratulations for this great idea :)
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MadisonRedmon, United States of America
This was really fun I mean so fun.
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azzucoloto, Brazil
Wonderful! I would love to do something like this!
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freshwaterwi, Italy
Kudos to this 2nd grade teacher for this project! But I have one question....although I applaud her organization in storing the postcards in envelopes by country/continent....wouldn't it have been better to keep them posted in a display on the wall? I think the visual images from each country are so representative and evocative of that culture that it seems a shame to keep them tucked away out of sight. Even keeping them in a shoebox --maybe sorted by country or continent-- would allow the kids easier access to them. I don't mean to be critical....just that, as a teacher myself, I've considered all this. I'll definately be postcrossing with my students....as soon as I get my own classroom space again!
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corporatefuture, France
This is a great story! I have taught myself and I know just how hard it is to get pupils interested in whatever you're teaching. Here, the children were part of a project, and I bet they found it very motivating.
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viridian61, United States of America
I started postcrossing for my daughter's class geography project! And I just keep going. I have also exchanged with 2 classes in the USA. I have recommended this to teachers too.
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heyjude, United States of America
As the only member from the Northern Mariana Islands I'll gladly exchange postcards with any teacher, class or student who sends me an address. I've also participated with great fun in the Flat Stanley Project www.flatstanleyproject.com
and would enjoy doing so again.
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darkhuntress, Canada
If any teachers want post cards from Canada, let me know! I don't mind sending out some just to help with your class. I'm in Saskatchewan, so it would be mainly prairie or city pictures along with a few animals ones. I'd love to help anyone out!
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isagv, Germany
Every time we learn something new about the world or things like UNESCO and so on in the German Part of the forum, our standard sentence is: Postcrossing educates. :)
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emeraldmist, United States of America
I'll be teaching High School in eh fall and I plan on using a lot of my postcards in the classroom. I've gotten a lot of College and University cards and I'm going to make a bulletin board out of them and use these to show students some of the many different choices they have. I"m also going to try to have students send cards but I have to work that out. I will have over 100 students in my classes so postage will be a big factor!

Yes, Postcrossing educates!!!
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umut, Turkey
I'm going to be an English teacher and I'm planning to use my cards to prepare a language classroom. I have nearly 50 cards all around the world (ı hope I'll have more:) and when I arrange them as a world map ıt looks really cool.
This is a very easy, very cheap and interesting way to use lang. Thanks a lot for making this site and thank you all people sending me awesome postcards and stamps.
loves
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Apez, United States of America
Thanks for this awesome idea! I am gonna try it next year!
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mrspalmersclass2, United States of America
Our class did this for the first time this year and loved it. It was a simply way for the children to learn geography, how to write an address, etc... I recommend this as a project to any class, any age. Our avatar shows how we display the cards in our class.
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LMAZZA, United States of America
Ican't wait until I get my adress for the first post card I will be able to send.;
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joca68, Portugal
Such a great project indeed! GREAT thinking!!!! I bet it was rewarding both for learners and for teachers as they watch their pupils blossom! There's no best reward for a teacher than that!!!!!
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TPL, Northern Mariana Islands
We, Tinian Public Library, are the second member from Northern Mariana Islands. We're using postcrossing for a reading project with the school and ameriCorps volunteers. See our profile page - TPL. Send us a card and we will send you one.
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jmolozaiy, United States of America
I started Postcrossing during the last school year and used cards at my school, too. Students drew a card, determined where it was from, and then located the place on a world map. It was a big hit with the kids and got them interested in places that they had never known even existed. I plan do more with the cards this year. If you are interested in participating, please my profile page. We will be happy to send you a card in return.
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