Have you ever wished you could take your children on a trip around the country or maybe even around the world?
What would it be like to see famous landmarks your family has only read about in books?
How would you like to tour a new city with another homeschool family serving as your personal tour guides?
With our new Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange group we will help families from across the country (and maybe even the world) build friendships and explore new places like never before!
The Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange – by Education Possible is loosely based on the Flat Stanley series of books by Jeff Brown. In the original story a young boy named Stanley is “flattened” when a large bulletin board falls on him. Don’t worry — Stanley not only survives being flattened, he finds creative ways to use his new shape. One of his favorite activities is visiting his friends by being mailed in envelopes around the country!
Based on the popularity of this story, “Flat Traveler” exchanges were started to provide pen pal type opportunities for young students. Children could send their flat traveler to another student, document their travels with the flat traveler for a few days using a journal, and then return the Flat Traveler back to his or her original home.
Benefits of Flat Travelers
In addition to the original goals of finding pen pals and practicing journaling/letter writing, there are many fun and educational benefits of participating in a flat traveler exchange.
As our friend Jimmie Lanley details in her Flat Traveler article, children can learn:
- Map & geography skills
- Writing skills
- Information about different cultures
- History…and more!
We have personally participated in several Flat Traveler exchanges over the years and during each adventure we learned something new. One summer our Flat Travelers traveled all the way to Alaska and visited the Iditarod Trail Race Center! We have also hosted many Flat Travelers — during our research to share information about our hometown we learned interesting historical facts about our small town that we never new before.
Why is Education Possible Creating a Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange
As homeschoolers we understand that learning happens everywhere! We also know that it isn’t always possible to take our kids to some of the far off places we would like to visit.
With that in mind, we would like to help homeschoolers come together to learn and explore the world around them.
Our hopes and dreams for this program include helping our children:
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Explore geography by “visiting” new places with the help of their Flat Travelers
- Practice writing, journaling, and research skills
- Learn important social skills like time management, task completion, and sharing with others
Although the original Flat Stanley books were written for a young audience, we believe the Flat Traveler program can benefit children of all ages! This exchange program will support real life learning opportunities for learning physical and human geography as part of our middle/high school geography lessons with North Star Geography.
For this reason our program is open to homeschool children from elementary through high school ages.
How to Join the Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange by Education Possible
Here are the basic steps for joining the exchange:
1. Our Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange is open to all homeschool families with children in grades K-12 (or younger if parents are interested in helping their children complete the activities).
3. When your completed form is submitted, your family will be invited to join the Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange by Education Possible Facebook Group.
4. After being added to the group, families will be able to meet other homeschool families, initiate Flat Traveler exchanges, and download Flat Traveler & Travel Journal templates*. The Travel Journals also include United States and World maps, supplied by Wondermaps by Bright Ideas Press so students can track their Flat Traveler’s journey as s/he travels from place to place!
*A brief note about the Travel Journal templates — we have created 2 versions, a fun journal for younger kids and note booking pages that are much more detailed and focused on geography concepts for older students.
A Special Giveaway to Celebrate!
To kick off our new Homeschool Flat Traveler Exchange, and to help your family prepare for this new adventure, we are happy to announce a very special giveaway.
This Giveaway will include:
- Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure by Jeff Brown
- Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures #9: The US Capital Commotion by Jeff Brown
- National Geographic Student Atlas of the World – Our favorite homeschool atlas (be sure to download our FREE Atlas Scavenger Hunt to use with your new atlas)!
- WonderMaps by Bright Ideas Press – Our friends at Bright Ideas Press are graciously donating a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of their amazing mapping program. By using this program you can create just about any custom map you need for your homeschool history and geography lessons!
- Printed Copies of the Flat Traveler Templates & Travel Journals created by Education Possible
- Crayola Washable Markers for decorating your unique Flat Travelers
Be sure to enter today!