Postcard Exchange 2011 – 2012


We have a great turn out of folks signed up – I will be sending an email out with updated information. Be sure to check your email and spam mail by September 12th to make sure you are recieving the information. If you have not recieved an email from me by September 12, be sure to contact me so we can see why you didn’t.


Teach Preschool Postcard Exchange

2011 – 2012 School Year

  • If you would like to participate in this year’s postcard exchange – please read the details in the form below and fill out the form completely.
  • When finished with the form, click submit.
  • I will get back to everyone by September 12, 2011 with all the details to get you started.
  • Final opportunity to sign up for this postcard exchange is September 4, 2011!
  • If we have too many folks wishing to join, then it may be necessary to cut the final date to participate off early.


Thank you for participating with us and I look forward to another great year of sharing postcards!! 

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1 paula August 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hi I was just wondering what exactly goes into this? Like what kind of postcard gets sent and what is sent on it.
Just because I’m really interested in doing this.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Each teacher can choose for her or his self what to put on the postcard – it can be a simple note about your school or a drawing from a child or a store bought postcard with a picture of your state or country. It is really up to what you would like to put on the postcards. You will send them out to each member in the group you are assigned throughout the school year. I do not know as of yet how many members will be in each group until everyone has signed up:) I hope this helps answer your question.

3 Cara August 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I am so excited to have my class start this program. What a great way to keep the “pen pal” style of communication alive!!!!

Thank you for offering this great program.


4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

You are welcome Cara:)

5 Greta Yaeger August 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I have never done this. How does it work? Does the class send postcards to other children? As a class? Individual?

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Be sure to read the information in the form:) But to answer your question – yes, each class as a whole sends out a postcard to the other classes. Not as individuals but as a class. It would take far too much work and be costly to send out individual postcards.

7 Tammy Summitt August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

We are a preschool with 3 to 5 year old children.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

If you would like to participate – please fill out the form:) We would love to have you!

9 Kim Guthrie August 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Can’t wait to get started!!

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It should be a great experience for us – I can’t wait either!

11 Tonya August 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Just so I understand, this would be a postcard maybe talking about we are working on and about a specific project?
This sounds exciting. I’ve done something like this before when doing a Gingerbread Man lesson. All the classes sent a post card from where they are with a story about seeing our Gingerbread Man and what he did there. It was very cute and we followed his journey on a map. If anyoe is interested in something like that too, I would love to be a part of it. I will say because not everyone does this theme at the same time of the year, we did this towards the beginning of the year and I just saved mine till we began the theme. (the children didn’t know when they came in..)

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Cute idea Tonya – I will perhaps have to change up the post card exchange next year with some themes! That would be fun. You can write anything you want on your postcards. As far as what others will send to you will be their choice as well. Some folks just share a little bit about the culture or climate of where they live so to give a geographical perspective. Many put big wall maps on up and put the postcards on the map marking where they come from throughout the school year.

13 Gail Poulin August 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

That does sound like a swell idea. I wonder if themes could bloom from within some. Sharing between classes is always a hit and starting with the postcards is an easy entry.

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

I think in an exchange where the folks really know each other or have history working together – the theme approach would be awesome to try!

15 melissa kirchner August 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I would like to sign up for the postcard exchange. thanks

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

If you would like to join – just fill out the form in on the page – if you are unable to see the form let me know and I will forward one to your email.

17 Elizabeth August 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

hello …i’m definitely a follower of this site and enjoy every post THANK YOU
I love the idea of postcard exchanging. I’m writing from Ecuador, please let me know if we can participate. We teach EFL. I’d like to participate with 2nd graders.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

18 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Yes, you may participate but keep in mind that you will be sending postcards to the US and other countries as a part of the process so make sure you are okay with that too:)

19 Amy Heilmann August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Loved doing this last year. We put up a giant map and were able to mark off where we got our postcards from. The children LOVED it when the mailman showed up and would give us a postcard. thank you for taking care of this Deborah!

20 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Thank you Amy:). It is good to hear from folks who joined in last year! I can’t believe it is already time for a new year!

21 Jennifer S. August 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Where did you get a giant map at? I went to AAA to see if they would give me one and they did, but it has hwy roads on it. I was looking more for just the outlines of the states without spending a lot of money. My class is on a low budget as we are a non-profit preschool.

22 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I found a few maps that are really nice at the Dollar Store but to be honest – I haven’t found the perfect map yet that fits my wall.

23 karen August 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Approximately how many are in each group? How often do we send postcards? Do we send to all the others each time or just to one or two per month?? Love this idea – will talk to my co-teacher and director about doing this in my Pre-K class this year.

24 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am waiting to see what our final number of participants will be before I know the answer to your questions for sure. But as a rough guess, each person will send out approximately 4 postcards per month (or one per week). You will be given a list of folks to send to each month and it may not be the same folks that are sending a post card to you. Again, this depends on the number of participants but it won’t be more than that.

25 ayn colsh August 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’m in!!!! It was a great experience last year and I’d really like to do it again this year! I’ve already ordered a new classroom globe! Yea!!!!

26 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Awesome Ayn – glad to have you join us again!

27 Tina August 11, 2011 at 1:53 am

I am so excited about this. I teach 3 and 4 year olds and did something like this last year. I foubd it frusterating because it was hard to keep other sites involved. We are in a northern canadian town and have lots of stories to share!

28 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 1:57 am

I hope this works out to be a great experience for you Tina! Glad to have you join us!

29 Cat August 11, 2011 at 2:12 am

HI! I would love to do this, it sounds really neat but I’m not sure if I qualify. I am starting up kinda a Mommy School with my toddler. My daughter goes to public school (starting 4th grade) but I adored playing Mommy School with her and I’m starting that with my little guy as well. Would we count or is this just for true blue homeschoolers?
(btw, I do set aside a time/day for these activities. It’s more Monatessori based though)

30 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

Mommy school definitely qualifies:) You are more than welcome to join us!

31 Tina Festa August 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

There are a lot of teacher that would be interested in partecipating (I think this because they asked me to be informed about similar projects) BUT In Italy our School open on the 19th of September!!!!!

32 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:13 am

No worries – just jump in as soon as you can! It will be a pleasure to have your all!

33 Greg August 11, 2011 at 8:12 am

I’m definitely in, but here in Australia our school year runs January to December. So while I will begin with toddlers (2-3 year olds) I may be with a different group after the Christmas break. That’s another thing, we close for about 2 week over Xmas/New Year. Can’t wait!

34 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

Everyone has different vacations and changes in their school year – so for this reason – everyone just has to be as flexible and understanding as possible but do their very best to send out those cards!!

35 Carol P. August 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

This looks like fun! I see that I’ll mail about 1 card a week. Will I receive 1 card a week too?

36 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

Everyone will send out approximately 4 cards per month – some may choose to divide that up by each week or may send them out all at once. So how many you will receive and how often depends on the mail delivery, the way others send out, and how on the ball everyone is!!

37 Jamie @ hands on : as we grow August 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

Oh I just passed this onto Henry’s preschool teacher! I hope she decides to do it :) It would be so fun for Henry to pass along postcards with everyone!

38 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

I hope they will join us Jamie:)

39 Ashleigh August 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

This is a great idea and I have signed up!! I noticed that there isn’t a place on the form to list what age group you teach … so I presume that all age groups get mixed up together? I’ve seen comments about 2nd graders as well as 2 year olds; did this work out in previous years?

40 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

I found that it really didn’t seem to matter in previous years as to the age that was sending out or receiving the cards. Everyone loves mail!

41 Gladys Vega August 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

I can’ t wait to begin, I teach 4/5 yr. olds and I know they will really enjoy getting mail.

42 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks for joining us Gladys!

43 Stacie August 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hi, Deborah!

Are homeschool families allowed to do this, too? Or do you prefer classroom-to-classroom exchanges (we do have a classroom, albeit a small one!!) :) Hmm…although the classrooms might prefer to receive postcards from other schools….

No problem if not. I’ll send you an email to find out how to set up one — and try my hand at starting one. I might even try one anyway — it sounds like such a fun idea. I can see some of the parents on my site really loving it!

Oh, and I’m going to be in your area next week (Thursday evening through Saturday)!!

44 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

Yes – homeschoolers are more than welcome to join us. I already have quite a few signed up. If you do want to host one of your own, I would be happy to help you out. Send me an email anyway so I can find out what you will be doing here in Indy!!

45 paula August 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

So we make multiples of the same card for each member?
But not individually made, made as a whole, 1 from the class?

46 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

Yes, you will send one card from your class to each class/school/group on your list. You can a copy of the same card to each group or you can send a different card to each group but you only send one card to each group:)

47 Danielle D. August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have always wanted to do something like this. I teach 7/8th graders so I’m wondering if you know of other places to join in something similar or if you would mind a group of older kids joining in…

Let me know either way! Thanks :)

48 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I don’t mind your class joining in as long as they don’t mind getting cards from the little ones!! I am all for mixed age-grouping:)

49 Carol P. August 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I got so excited for the exchange that I had postcards printed. You can search “free postcards” and find the website for I used one of their stock cards (personalized, of course) and since I ordered today, I chose the slowest shipping (21 days). I got 100 postcards for the cost of shipping – $6.46!

50 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I love it Carol! I just post postcard stamps today and plan to get the postcards ready for the kids next week. I thought I would let them color or add a little handprint or something on them. Still deciding:)

51 Annie B. August 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I love this idea and can’t wait to get started! Just curious… Carol, What did you put on your postcard? Doesn’t have to be an actual postcard or can it be a drawing, card, or note from the class? Thanks for doing this!

52 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

You can put anything you want on the postcard:) Many choose to put a note from the class – others wrote about their city or state.

53 Janet August 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love this idea. I am currently training to become an Early Childhood Educator and I have a 4 year old daughter who would love this. I have one question before signing up. I will be moving to a different address in October, will it be possible to start with one address and update you when I get the new one or should I just wait until Oct? Please let me know what you think is the best idea,
Thanks Janet

54 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Yes, we can begin with your current address and then put a note in the group list letting folks know that the address will be updated. You would just have to make sure you keep me posted so I can do the updates as needed.

55 Janet August 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Thank you very much. My daughter and I are looking forward to this!

56 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

So glad you have joined us:)

57 Janet West August 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi Deborah, I participated in the first exchange but was very disappointed with the response I received. I’m in Australia and after faithfully sending cards to everyone on my list including several very special ones, we only received 6 in return. We have decided to give it a go again so I hope it will be more sucessful this time. Regards…Janet.

58 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

I am glad you left your comment Janet because I want others to see how important it is to make sure they participate fully. I hope this goes very well for you all and love that you are giving this a go this time!

59 Kelly Huddleson August 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

Our School loved creating their own postcards and sending them around the world!
Cann’t wait to participare again this year!

60 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

So glad your are joining us Kelly!

61 chitra murthy August 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm

great! looking forward to create a revolution in preschool. let us all join hands.

62 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I have my hand out :)

63 Tena Nestler August 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I teach Early Childhood Special Education and have been wanting to improve social studies education. I also had been looking for something else that would be an extended lesson to last over a longer period of time. (Like our life cycle studies). This covers both of those! =D

64 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Yes – it will be a great way to kick off conversation!

65 Michelle August 17, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi Deborah,
I would love to participate in your postcard exchange however I am not a teacher in a preschool or day care setting nor to I home school. Although I teach 5-6yr olds, I would love to do this with my 2 little boys who love receiving mail and looking for countries on the world map. Is it possible for us to join in the fun?

66 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

Sure it is Michelle, Just fill out the form and you and your little one can join us:)

67 Carol Beatty August 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

Great idea! I am always looking for something new to expand my PreK student’s world. Looking forward to sharing with other students!

68 Terri August 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I have never done this before but I am so excited about starting it. Thank you so much for organizing this and can’t wait to start. I have been looking for different kinds of postcards…..

69 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Very happy to have you join us Terri!

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72 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

Thanks for the additional info Jodie! I bet you all are very creative!

73 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

I am excited to have you join us!

74 pammypam August 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I am scared to death but when has that ever stopped me before? Ms Ham’s (Pam) two year olds are ready!

75 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Haha – you will do great!

76 andiejaye September 1, 2011 at 2:45 am

yay! just submitted the form for our little home playschool!

77 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thats wonderful!

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