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Literacy in Kindergarten Dramatic Play Centers, Part 3

By Allie Magnuson on March 11, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

Come visit our kindergarten post office center, Terrific Tiger Post Office. It is located in our classroom at 12 ABC Street in Terrific Tiger Town, SE (Squires Elementary).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy in Your Kindergarten Post Office Center

Kindergarten Literacy Centers


Kindergarten Centers Literacy Item: Signs

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

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

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

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 Literacy Centers

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

 

Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Paper, Envelopes, and Seals

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

Kindergarten Literacy Centers 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

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

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 Literacy Centers

 

Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Tape Measures, Postage Scales, Calculators, and Money

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

 

Kindergarten Centers Literacy Items: Junk Mail, Return Receipts, and Change of Address Forms

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

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

Kindergarten Literacy Centers

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.

 

Kindergarten Literacy CentersWhen 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.


 

Don't Forget to WriteSeven Little Postmen FThe Jolly Postmanor good books that get kids interested in letter writing, try The Jolly Postman, Seven Little Postmen, and Don't Forget to Write.

  

 

 

How do you promote literacy in your kindergarten post office center?

 

Have a first class weekend!

    ~Allie

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Comments (8)

I loved this when you posted it the first time and it just makes me remember to add a post office in my classroom again this year

I loved this when you posted it the first time and it just makes me remember to add a post office in my classroom again this year

I loved this when you posted it the first time and it just makes me remember to add a post office in my classroom again this year

Hi! I tried calling the USPS to order free supplies for my classroom. He said that program was discontinued in 2003! I'm so sad! Any other hints you can give me to get my hands on post office stuff??? I'd greatly appreciate it!! Thank you!

Hi, Kathy,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I try to take a lot of pictures so people don't have to imagine what things should look like. The saying "A picture is worth 1,000 words" really has merit.

Thank you for reading.

~Allie

Love the pics Allie--I could really visualize how this all works in your classroom because you took the time to show it to us! I love the letter sorters! Kathy

Hi Lynsie - Thank you - I do try to integrate as much as possible. Thank you reading and comment.

~Allie

Wow! That looks like so much fun! You did a great job integrating so many curriculum areas.

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