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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I survived the first day of school

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Today was the first day of school and everything went well. Right now I have 22 students---15 boys and 7 girls.

I was planning on taking a break from my post card project this year, but I had a parent change my mind today. She didn't speak much English, but she came in asked if I was "The postcard lady" and handed me a postcard from Tampa. How can I not do the postcard project after that?

If you can please send a postcard to my class from your town, state and/or vacation spot it would be awesome. We use these in class to learn about other places and compare them to where we live. I've done this project for a few years now and it is always such a big hit with the kids in my class. There is nothing they love more then receiving these postcards from far away and not so far away places.

The kids I teach don't get to travel. We have all kinds of awesome things to see and do here in Miami but most of my students won't or do any of them any time soon. Many of them have never been anywhere but the neighborhood they live in. As hard as it is to believe, every year I have students who have never been to the beach and we are surrounded by the ocean.

The postcards you send open up the world to these kids in more ways then you can imagine. After reading the postcards and looking at the pictures, we locate the area on a map. This opens up discussions about how far away it is from Miami, what would be the best way to travel there, is their weather similar to ours, what makes this place like or different from where we live, etc.

We'll be collecting the postcards all year long so anytime you can send would be awesome. Here's our address...

Ms. Brown's Class
Greynolds Park Elementary
1536 N.E. 179th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Thank you so much for helping us! If there's something I can do to help with your or your child's class just ask!


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