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Back to School 2018 – Go Beyond the Classroom

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela

Alright! Here we go again! Back to school! Parents are happy, kids are sad….. Noooo that’s not the way to think! Back to school should be a fun time with new adventures awaiting. Let’s look at some adventures that could be awaiting your kids this school year.

Pen Pals Back to School

Do you remember having a pen pal? They could be a person in another state or country that you sent letters to telling them about your everyday life. In return, they sent you a letter about their everyday life. It was a small window into someone in a different culture or heritage lived. If you were lucky, and as your relationship with your pen pal evolved, you may have exchanged small gifts.

Having a Pen Pal could be a part of language arts or world history curriculum. Pen Pals can either be handled through the postal system or via email.

To learn more about a pen pal program and become involved, check out these websites below.

Pen Pal World

Kid World CitizenBack to School

Flat Stanley

As part of our ongoing heritage series, Flat Stanley is sort of a modern-day pen pal program. Flat Stanley is based on a book series written by Jeff Brown as a way for children to explore and learn about the world.

The idea is for children to read the Flat Stanley books and learn about his adventures. The children then create their own Flat Stanley and send him off on his own worldwide adventures.

Check out these Flat Stanley websites to get started on your own Flat Stanley adventure.

Original Flat Stanley Project Website

Flat Stanley Book Series

Family Tree Back to School

Is this the year your child gets to build their family tree? Is this a project you are excited to take on or dreading it? We know and preach often that it’s important for children to know where they came from and a family tree project can be much easier today than it was 10-15 years ago. Let technology lead the way but also provide your children with every opportunity to do the research themselves and learn. Let them ask questions. Take them to go see relatives that can help them with this project.

Check out some of these blogs for advice on getting your kids interesting in your family history.

Tips for Getting Your Kids Interested in Family Genealogy

Storybooks that Introduce Children to Genealogy

You don’t have to wait until your children are assigned these projects in school, make it a family thing and get started!

Did you have a Pen Pal or participate in a Flat Stanley? Tell us about it in the comments!


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