Screen-free (and actually free) Remote Learning
Are you experiencing screen fatigue? Do you want to learn about Tumacácori but can't stomach yet another video or website? When was the last time you got something in the mail that wasn't a bill, an advertisement, or a recent purchase?
Participants will initiate a correspondence with Tumacácori just as the viceroys and leaders back in Europe corresponded with missionary priests on the frontier. They will receive updates about how things are going, what challenges and successes have been encountered, and what additional feedback could be useful. Enrichment activities and materials are included as well. A mailed response to the writing prompt triggers the next pack to be sent out.
Each one includes:
Letter from Tumacácori
Each letter introduces the subject of the packet, written in a style reflecting the colonial era. (Expect signature lines like, "Ever yours in obedience and gratitude, your humble servants at Tumacácori.) This challenging writing style introduces the language arts component of each lesson, building skills in reading context clues, vocabulary, and inference.
Depending on the topic, the writing prompt will vary. Some may be lessons in persuasive writing, instructional writing, or personal essays. Teachers and homeschooling parents may wish to use this as an assessment tool for the lesson and evaluate accordingly.
Each response to the writing prompt will be acknowledged and discussed with a personalized letter, on parchment and sealed with wax, included in the next package.
In addition to its various paper elements, each kit will include some kind of supporting material for a hands-on activity, game, or craft. These may vary according to grade level.
Each packet explores a different theme. Collect the sticker from each one to fill all six spaces on the "Dear Tumacácori..." poster included in the first kit.
How To Get Started
In the spirit of pen, paper, and postage stamps (the original distance learning platform), sign up by mailing your request to:
You should receive your first kit within 10 business days.
Q: How much does it cost me?
Last updated: February 20, 2021