On Monday, we had our class that revolved around the Post Office and writing letters. I combined the Post Office theme with beginning letter sounds and sight words.
First we skimmed through a book about the Post Office (you can see my list here). We also sang a couple of songs and then moved on to the learning centers. I, again, made a passport so parents and kids can remember what we did and make sure that they don’t miss a center.
This week, I searched for any play dough placemat that I could find online. I printed and laminated them. I also made play dough out of Kool-Aide and put a bunch of different glitter in it. I like having play dough available every class because it is a safe option for kids that don’t like to try new things every week.
Postal Carriers need to sort the mail in order for it to arrive at the right location. The kids had to take the materials out of the bag and sort them. I had three different bags. One had bears of different colors, one had three mittens and one sock, and one had a bunch of hearts with one that was just the outline of a heart.
Is it very common for younger children to mix up the B and D sounds. I had several objects that started with the two sounds and the kids had to sort the objects by the correct beginning sound.
I put different sight words on cups and found a person that most looked like a letter carrier. The parent hid the toy under a cup and the kids had to guess which one it was under. I also had some cups that had letters on them, in case a parent felt that their child wasn’t ready for sight words quite yet.
Kids had to stamp the beginning sound of each object. I found the page here.
Kids had to find the beginning of each object at attach the correct letter (sorry about the lighting!). I found this sheet here.
I created a table on Word with four different sight words on them. I found the corresponding letters for each word with magnets and placed them on a cookie sheet (from the dollar store). Kids had to spell out the words with the correct letters.
The kids in this class really enjoy puzzles, so I wanted to make one that went along with our theme. I found different objects that go along with the Post Office theme. I found an envelope, made a stamp, writing utensils, and a letter. I traced the objects onto a piece of paper and the kids found where each object belongs.
I also had this sheet available to the kids to highlight the upper and lower case “L’s.” I found it here.
We also had a Post Office for pretend play. I saved up envelopes, postcards, letters, and packages. I laminated what I could. I also made stamps and laminated those and attached them to the parcels with velcro. I also had Post Carrier vests for the kids to wear. STAY TUNED because I am going to soon post more details about the Post Office that we made because it was a miniature version of what we have going on at home…
For our “craft,” I took pictures of each child and tried to get them to smile. I printed them on postcard paper from Canon. After they printed, each child recited a letter to a loved one. The parents wrote what the child wanted to write word for word. When they got home, they were going to add an address and stamp and mail it. It was a perfect ending to our Post Office Theme! I can’t wait to hear about the reactions from the recipients! Enjoy!