Welcome to the 100 cartes postales pour Jonah project!
This project is for our son, Jonah, who has just started kindergarten at École Laurier in Montreal. His class is involved in an activity called the 100th day of school.
The 100th Day of School is celebrated in elementary schools around the world. It is mostly celebrated by young children who are learning to count to 100. Kids keep track of how many days of school have gone by during the year, and a celebration occurs on the 100th day. Teachers promote activities using the number 100. Throughout the 100 days, students have a fun time counting and sorting objects, food, and anything teacher's can think of. Students will learn to count from 1 to 100 - by ones, twos, fives, and tens in different fun ways.
In Jonah's class, students will present to the class a collection of 100 objects on the 100th day of school. The collections will be featured in a class exhibition.
When the teacher presented this idea to parents recently, I immediately thought of something I knew would appeal to Jonah: We would collect postcards! 100 postcards from all over the world.
Why did I think this would be fun for Jonah? Jonah has heard lots of stories over the years about the world. He has always been fascinated about hearing of friends and relatives who live in different places: His grandfather, Serge, spent the last two years of his life in Africa; we have family on the Canadian West coast, in sunny Florida, friends in places like Venice, New York City, California, New Zealand, Spain, Greece, Morocco, China...we talk about all of these people in all of these places. He routinely uses names of faraway places in his play ("the bad guys stole the Treasure of Africa!" "my team is Qatar, yours is Turkey").
This project will help Jonah and his class form a better understanding of the world and connect with different realites and cultures. I also hope it creates lasting bonds and opportunities for sharing stories and building bridges.
HOW THIS WILL WORK
As postcards start to come in, we will scan them and publish them on this blog. When the 100th day rolls around some time in February 2011, we will gather all the post cards and Jonah will present them as his collection of 100 items!
HOW TO SEND A POSTCARD
If you would like to send Jonah a postcard, simply send an email to JonahCG@gmail.com, and we'll send you our mailing address.
Thanks in advance!! Check back here in the next 100 days to see how the project is coming along!