Starting Your Own Group
Some pen pal groups will have a common interest. This interest is in addition to the love of writing. Church groups, social groups, volunteer groups, and even athletic groups are some examples. A child will want to write to someone with whom he or she shares a common interest.
One of the first things a parent has to do when organizing a home school pen pal group is to decide which group or groups to be affiliated with. Once that has been established, composing a letter to the leader of the organization would follow. A straight-forward outline should be included. Let the leader know about the children and the goal of the group. Politely ask the leader to approach their members about the possibility.
If a parent is leery of an outside organization, approaching relatives, friends and possibly co-workers is another avenue. These relatives or friends do not have to be close in the physical sense. A child in Alaska may connect with a long-lost cousin in Florida. Imagine the different life experiences that these children can share. Depending on how many children are involved, this grouping could be as large as an organizational group.
Social networking is all the rage now. A parent can advertise on a social networking site. He or she can write a plan, just like when approaching organizations, and post it to the sites. The parent can easily filter through the responses and set the plan in motion. Many social networks have home school groups on them. A home school pen pal group on one of these sites will be filled with parents looking for creative outlets for their children.