Words Across the World
© Beverley Paine, 2004
My mum encouraged me to write letters to our relatives in England, and then, as I grew older, she helped me find pen pals. It's easy to find a homeschooled pen pal for your child. Browse the Internet for homeschooling sites and email the website owner, telling them you are interested in finding pen pals for your children and would they be help to help. State or national organisations that publish on-line or printed newsletters or magazines are good to target.
A word of caution: do not share personal details about your child in a public forum, especially if you haven't asked her permission. Age and gender details should be sufficient to make the first connection.
Children often need help to get pen pal relationships established and to keep them alive. These are some of the things I've done with my children to help them:
And finally, I taught my children never to share their passwords or address with on-line pen pals and to tell me immediately if something doesn't sound or feel okay about the developing relationship.
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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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