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    Default Has anyone tried EPals?

    I was wondering if anyone had tried Epals? I actually read about it the other day in a children's book about the first day of school in other countries. In the back they listed this. Its for classrooms and parents/homeschoolers all over the world. There are also collaborative projects that can be done with these other groups. I posted it on my local group and the one response was akin to "who knows if they are really kids." I would love to set something up with a class in another country or do one of the suggested collaborative projects. But I'm worried now about the response.

    A little veering off my own topic, but it seems that, although I think these are great Moms and kids, everything I suggest as a project is just ignores. It think this would be a great way to work on culture, geography, writing skills, etc.

    I've only been doing this a year and taught for many years. Something like this would be right up my alley. Do you think I should just plan it and see how it is received? Sorry for the meandering post!
    Jessica (Me 46), Chris (husband, 46), Maddy (daughter 10,) Owen (son 8)

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    Have you seen this?

    Worldwide Culture Swap

    I want to do this but I have hesitated because you are basically putting your children's names and ages and address out there to a stranger. Most likely another culturally curious family but still . . . what if?

    I decided to open a P.O. Box for this but haven't yet got around to it.
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    The epals I think, can be as private as you want. We are exchanging snail mail with the girl in Russia. The classroom students are linked to their schools. I guess there can be an issue, but I would hope not! Don't know if I'm getting paranoid or not now!
    Jessica (Me 46), Chris (husband, 46), Maddy (daughter 10,) Owen (son 8)

    I'm finally blogging! A Woman's Pause http://www.jessicajudd.blogspot.com

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    OK I just checked our Worldwide Culture Exchange. This I might be concerned with because of the exchange of actual packages in the mail, including food. I'm just assuming (and we should never assume) that this person is legitimately from Russia through ePals.
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    I'm finally blogging! A Woman's Pause http://www.jessicajudd.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica14 View Post
    A little veering off my own topic, but it seems that, although I think these are great Moms and kids, everything I suggest as a project is just ignores. It think this would be a great way to work on culture, geography, writing skills, etc.
    I'm not clear what you mean - do you mean that your kids ignore you, or that we, on this board, ignore your suggestions?

    my kids wont do anything i suggest unless I force and schedule it, for the most part. and of course, on the board, we are all diverse and have such different approaches to homeschooling . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbmamaz View Post
    I'm not clear what you mean - do you mean that your kids ignore you, or that we, on this board, ignore your suggestions?

    my kids wont do anything i suggest unless I force and schedule it, for the most part. and of course, on the board, we are all diverse and have such different approaches to homeschooling . . .
    Oh no, not anyone here or my kids! I belong to a co-op where there are great people. It just seems to me that anyone but a small handful can suggest activities that actually go anywhere. I've made several suggestions and they are all kind of ignored. It's sort of like," Interesting, but maybe in the future.Hey let's do this instead!" They ask for suggestions and then still only go with the 3-5 people who always plan things.

    I think a cultural exchange with other children somewhere in the world would be great for any age. The response was, "They could be predators." It was just disappointing and I wonder sometimes if I'm just too new to be fully accepted or because I was teaching a year ago they are kind of wary.

    Cara, I love everyone here! I get great ideas and it is so beneficial to be with like minded homeschoolers! As in you all get that I'm so excited that I found a book with timelines of life on the earth dating back millions of years ago. Not sure I would do that with the group I'm in since it tends to be a mixed bag of creationist/evolution believers. Everyone here has been so helpful to me this past year!
    Jessica (Me 46), Chris (husband, 46), Maddy (daughter 10,) Owen (son 8)

    I'm finally blogging! A Woman's Pause http://www.jessicajudd.blogspot.com

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    I'm very interested! I think it sounds great! I can't wait to sign up!

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    This is wonderful -- thanks! Our daughter's only 2.5 right now, but I'd love for her to be able to eventually communicate with kids around the world, especially in Chinese. ePals looks safe (sponsored & partnered up with Nat'l Geographic et al.!).

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    I have to say that I haven't checked back in awhile,but I haven't gotten any responses from people. Maybe I'll check in now.
    Jessica (Me 46), Chris (husband, 46), Maddy (daughter 10,) Owen (son 8)

    I'm finally blogging! A Woman's Pause http://www.jessicajudd.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessica14 View Post
    I have to say that I haven't checked back in awhile,but I haven't gotten any responses from people. Maybe I'll check in now.
    That situation in your co-op sounds pretty cliquish. I have BTDT, and in a group where that's going on, putting in more time being a skirmisher whose ideas are routinely ignored, never gets any better. Blah. My heart goes out to you. Whatever group I am in, I always try to draw out other people, and especially new people, and make sure they get to participate, and I wish there were more people doing that as well.

    I too am interested in making sure my kids don't grow up as culturally deprived bumpkins (which is a challenge because we don't live out in the sticks, but we also don't live amidst a bustling world-class metropolis, either), so I have to have a plan, and my daughter is 8 and now wants to start emailing and chatting with other girls online...she is still learning spelling, and I told her she has to do written letters and penpals first, before she can learn typing and launch into online chatting, so I have a little lead time to figure out the details of her guarded online debut.

    I will be interested in following you and any others tackling the online/mail correspondence and cultural exchange issue. I know I want to host foreign exchange students when my kids are not littles anymore, and I want each of my kids to travel abroad before they are fully grown, though with multiple food allergies, they will have to either have me with them, as younger kids, or if they go off alone or with a program for teens, they need to be able to prepare ALL their own food, from scratch, which can be really REALLY hard when you travel. Ugh.

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