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But many schools continue to use the program, and the Web offers many resources to help schools set up and maintain this program that teaches practical skills such as responsibility and letter writing.
So long as there are plenty of resources on the Web to support schools' Wee Deliver efforts, we will keep this article live on our site. In this instant message, e-mail age, many children haven't experienced the excitement of getting a hand-written letter. One popular program, though, allows students to write letters and work in an in-school post office and mail delivery system.
See how it works, try it in your school. Neither rain, nor snow, nor untied shoelaces can keep Kent Primary School's second-grade letter carriers from their mission of delivering mail to classmates and teachers.
For the past four years, the school in the Carmel New York Central School District has run its own post office in conjunction with a school-wide unit on letter-writing.
Student postal workers in front of the Kent Primary School "post office. With the help of parents, school staff members have set up a mini post office in the school's lobby for the program. During the time KP Mail is operational, students are greeted in the morning with the song, "Please Mr.
Postman," playing on the public address system. Kent's unit originally was part of the U. Post Office's Wee Deliver program, which was launched to help children practice writing and learn about the post office. More than 1, schools across the U. But that doesn't mean that schools cannot use a system modeled on Wee Deliver.
This resource provides all the information you will need to start up a Wee Deleiver postal system in your school. At Kent Primary, mail is collected and delivered twice a week by the second graders during their lunch periods.
Each classroom has a mailbox and an address based on the teacher's name. Second graders run the post office because they used to be the school's senior class; now the school has students in grades K to 4.
KP Mail employees are issued vests and mailbags. Parent volunteers help the students sort and organize mail and determine if any has to be returned to the sender for having an incomplete or incorrect name or address on the envelope.
Before the program starts each year, second graders attend an assembly where they learn about the jobs in the mail delivery program, including sorting, delivering, stamping, and checking for errors, according to Keating.
Each class gets one day to do all the jobs. At the end of the program, each child gets a certificate for participating. This shows them all aspects of how the mail gets to the door. While teachers work on student writing all year, the KP Mail program focuses specifically on letter-writing, which has become less popular in the e-mail age, noted school principal Joan Pinkerton.
This gives them a reason to write and to read. Even the kindergarteners can draw pictures. They also learn how to properly address an envelope. To ensure that every child gets a letter this year, all the students will pick a name out of a mail bag and send that person a Valentine, Pinkerton said.
Students may get a chance to meet their pen pal. After the first Valentine, students can write as many letters as they want. Many parents also write letters to their children and mail them at school. As principal, Pinkerton is a popular choice for a pen pal, and the KP Mail unit is an especially busy time for her.
They ask if I have any pets and ask about my favorite book. This builds up reading and writing skills.This post has some great ideas on how to do it. 3 ways to spice up post-field trip assignments Follow up your homeschool field trip with an exciting writing activity that appeals to your children.
Great way to write down quick stuff for writing later. Even the little detail of the "log" at the top works so well! I'm so glad that it was helpful.
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