“send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!”
Postcard exchanges seem to be the "in" thing right now. I have participated in a homeschool one, but it did not turn out as advertised and I was disappointed. Then I found Postcrossing, which is a very different sort of program. Let me say first that it is not a homeschool one, and so it is not directed to children. When you sign up, you have the opportunity to write a profile of yourself. In this profile you can ask for any sort of postcard you want and you can tell them that you have children and that this is being done as a homeschool project. The sign-up process is pretty easy and self-explanatory.
The first thing you will do is to sign up to send your first postcard. You will be given a postcard ID number, an address and the profile information of the person chosen to receive your first postcard. You choose and write out your first postcard. We chose to give a short description of our family and where we live. You will have to put the ID number somewhere on the card. After sending the postcard, you will have to wait for it to be received and then registered with Postcrossing by using the ID number you wrote on the card. You will then get an email from Postcrossing saying that the postcard was received and that your address will be sent to someone else for them to send you a postcard. You can also look at your statistics at Postcrossing to see how long and how far the postcard traveled. Once you receive your postcard, you will go onto the Postcrossing site to type in the ID number of the card you received, and the process starts all over again. You send (and receive) up to 5 postcards at a time. We plan to do a mini study of the country or state of the postcards we receive. These small chunks of geography are more exciting if it has going to the mailbox as part of the process and an element of surprise since you do not know from where it will be coming!
received postcards from 17 countries (7.55%)
received postcards from 11 states (22%)