"In this classroom, relationships are fostered, families are respected, and children are honored.
In this classroom, nature's gifts are valued and children's thoughts are captured.
In this classroom, learning is alive and aesthetic beauty is appreciated." -Unknown

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Pay It Forward...

Shortly after beginning our blog I discovered a Pay It Forward program circulating among early childhood bloggers. This is the path I discovered: New York to Tennessee to Australia to Canada back to Australia to Ireland to Maryland. Lesley Romanoff of Takoma Park Nursery School then put out the invitation to participate. I jumped at the chance. 

Since beginning the blog, I've been able to connect with other early childhood educators/bloggers from around the world. I've been sharing with my preschool class about some of the locations around the world, with which I've been able to connect and wanted to make it even more real for my kiddos. I signed up and in a short time was notified by Lesley that we had been chosen. How exciting to find out we had been chosen and we eagerly waited for our package to arrive.

I wanted to children to get a visual of where our package had
come from, so I put arrows in the general vicinity for them to see.

Lesley and her children sent a lovely photo of the school, the
class, and some general information about them and where they live.

The children enjoyed looking at a photo of the children that
sent our goodies to us.

We discussed how each state has their own flag and each friend
enjoyed waving the Maryland state flag.

We discussed that the president of the United States lives
in Washington DC, near our Takoma Park friends and
spent some time looking at a postcard of all the presidents.

We learned about the two week long Cherry Blossom Festival in
DC and read a book about it along with viewing the beautiful
cherry blossom images.

We discussed how people from all over the world visit Washington DC
and they don't all speak English. We enjoyed viewing brochures in
various languages.

We also received a map of the DC area and postcards of some of the most famous sites.

What an amazing way to make geography come to life for your students! Ready for your turn? If you would like to play AND are willing to PAY IT FORWARD from your own blog, here's what you need to do: Leave a comment on this post letting us know you'd like to play and we'll randomly choose three participants. You can be from anywhere in the world, but must have a blog.

These are the rules:

  • To the three participants, you will receive a package reflecting California, US and more specifically northern California, where we reside
  • You must be willing to PAY IT FORWARD to three more people/bloggers.
  • If chosen, you will send me your postal address so I can send your package.
  • After you receive your package, you will need to PAY IT FORWARD in the same way on your blog.
  • Comments will remain open until May 19, 2012.
I'm so glad that our class chose to participate and would love to share the experience with you and your little ones!


  1. We'd love to join in!



  2. I would love to, but have to wait 'til next school year! We're done on May 24th!

  3. My class will love to join in on this! It sounds like an amazing opportunity. My class goes year around.

    1. Hi Jamie,

      Sorry for the delay in responding to the Pay It Forward request. Please e-mail me at streetfam@c-zone.net so we can talk more about it. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you soon.