Katelyn emailed me last month in an effort to get the word out to homeschoolers about their educational resources. She sent me a copy of this year’s calendar which was huge and colorful with lots of interesting stamp info on it. She is very open to feedback about how to make their website more homeschool friendly. It is always nice when folks consider us in their efforts. Please feel free to pass this along wherever appropriate.
PS There is a cool “stamp template” at the website.
May 11th, 2011
Greetings! My name is Katelyn Lahr, and I represent an educational initiative founded by the US Postal Service called USPS Community Connection. We were conceived to help schools across the country, from private to public to in-home, in their quest for curriculum improvement and student achievement.
Our mission is to support your elementary-level social studies curriculum through the dynamic archive of Postage Stamp imagery. As colorful primary resources, stamps reflect the tone of the times and the attitudes of this nation across its history. They celebrate the people, places, icons and events that we as Americans value. We use stamp imagery and its connotations as a springboard in lessons on American history, geography, civics, and culture.
We admire the work that you do as a home educator, and we understand that you rely upon your community to supplement and support the tools necessary for student improvement. With the resources of 39,000 area post offices, the nation’s most extraordinary archive of American history and culture, and specially designed curriculum enhancements, we offer extensive and significant tools to benefit educators, their students and their students’ families. Within our portfolio you will find:
· School Days & American Ways: an oversized curriculum-connected calendar designed around monthly themes that have been researched, written and designed to correspond with early elementary social studies curricula; the calendar is accompanied by a 24-page coordinated Teaching Guide;
· Support for local fieldtrips and class speakers throughout North Carolina;
· New, complimentary educational material offered 24/7/365 on our website and social networking pages;
· Subject specific teaching tools, currently in development, in the instruction of space exploration and the Civil War
I invite you to explore what we have to offer by visiting our homepage, www.USPSConnection.com, or emailing me directly at Katelyn@USPSConnection.com. Thank you, and I hope to see you in your classroom!
Coordinator, USPS Community Connection