Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 3
- Grades: PreK–K
Literacy in Your Kindergarten Post Office Center
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Signs
For the price sign in my kindergarten post office center, I showed all the different combinations of coins that could be added up to equal the total value of each item. I used only pennies and nickels.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Job Descriptions, Applications, and Uniforms
The mail sorter in the kindergarten post office center places the mail in alphabetical sorting boxes. The facer places all the envelopes the same way, the nixie clerk writes "Return to Sender" if the envelopes are not correct, and the canceller cancels the stamps and postmarks the envelopes. The postmaster of the kindergarten post office center is responsible for everyone who works in the Terrific Tiger Post Office. He or she picks up mail from the main drop box, as well as sorts and bundles mail by street for the letter carriers. The letter carriers deliver the mail to mailboxes or other classrooms.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Mailboxes and Mail Sorting Boxes
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Paper, Envelopes, and Seals
You can use any kind of paper, including scraps, in your kindergarten post office center. Print free stationery at the National Postal Museum. If you don't have envelopes, you can use staples, tape, or stickers. To make seals, students can mold monograms in Play-Doh.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Boxes, Labels, and Packing Slips
Order free boxes and other mailing supplies for your kindergarten post office center at the official site of the United States Postal Service.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Stamps, Postmarks, and Cancellation Marks
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Tape Measures, Postage Scales, Calculators, and Money
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Junk Mail, Return Receipts, and Change of Address Forms
People will not only give you their junk mail for your kindergarten post office center, they'll thank you for taking it away. Don't hesitate to ask everyone you know.
Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: U.S. Maps, Street Directories, and Carrier Route Maps
We don't just send mail to each other, we deliver to other kindergarten classrooms and the office, too. Mail carriers in our kindergarten post office center each get a separate route.
When you introduce your kindergarten post office center, don't forget to mention Owney, the dog who served as the mascot of the railway mail service from 1888 to 1897.
How do you promote literacy in your kindergarten post office center?
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