10/26/11

Going Postal

In between Parent Conferences, Minimum Days and a MAJOR GIVEAWAY, I've actually been doing a little bit of teaching.  I know - it was a surprise to me, too.  Today, we started some new centers (remember I am squeezing in Centers two days a week which is not ideal but I am sleeping better at night) and one of the most popular ones was POST OFFICE.  Who doesn't love to get mail?  (I like actual mail with cards and envelopes from people I know.  I do not like junk and ads and bills.  Obviously.)  My post office center looks like this:





The kids get to write to each other on special stationery (I have 4 choices) or they can even write to kids from other classes.  They put the notes in the mailbox and, when I remember, I deliver the mail to the appropriate cubby or class.  Some kids like to write to their kindergarten teachers and tell them how much they miss them.  (I frown upon that but I do encourage them to write to me and I hang a HUGE word bank with ideas right next to the center.  Examples include beautiful, smart, adorable, funny, pretty, amazing, You, Are, The, Best, First, Grade, Teacher, Ever!, etc.)  Letter writing is not a "standard" in first grade but our second grade teachers seem to appreciate the frontloading (big word!) that we do with this center.

I suggest READING the notes before delivering them.  Some first graders think they can tell others that they LOVE them and want to be their boyfriend or girlfriend (gasp!) and others think they can tell their friends that they are stoopid, dum, and uglee.  And still, even others think they can tell me that I am SHORT.  In all of these instances, the culprits SIGNED THEIR NAMES because I taught them how to do that and so they did that and they incriminated themselves.  CSI - FIRST GRADE.

Later this week (maybe tomorrow but maybe not) I will go into Part 2 of Post Office.  I "extend" this center later in the year.  You must be on pins and needles now.  

Click on the rocket stationery above to get all of the stationery.  (PS  I had to trick my Mac with the margins.  It looks like you need legal sized paper but you don't.  You just have to be smarter than a Mac.)

If you haven't entered the MAJOR GIVEAWAY, you should do that now.  I am on the Eberhart's Explorers/First Grade Blue Skies team and we have linked up to give you some free money and products.  Leave me a comment about the post office center or even one of your own experiences with your local post office and then go enter the giveaway now!!  :)  Click below!






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14 comments:

  1. Love the idea of a post office. And that's hilarious that your little ones all got "caught" too :)

    Thanks for the freebie!

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  2. You always make me smile! I need you to post many times throughout every day...really.
    I can't wait to try this with my funny little kiddos! I am already imagining what they'll come up with.

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  3. Fun - and you are SO right about reading the mail first. One of my cronies had to kids writing in chinese to one another. She thought it was the sweetest thing - until one of the moms called telling her they were seeing really mean and horrible things to each other....ha!

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  4. Ha! I do hate when kids tell me how much fun Kindergarten was, like they expect me to bring out more toys. I'd like to bring out more toys too, but the governor and whole bunch of other people don't want kids to play anymore.
    Kimberly
    Funky First Grade Fun

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  5. Love your Post Office center! It inspires me to start one up. Aren't kids funny?
    Dee
    First Impressions

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  6. Great idea about having a Post Office Center.

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  7. You are so funny! Love the word bank! I can't wait for the part 2.
    Thanks,
    Caroline

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  8. The post office center is a great idea! I LOVE getting mail, i'm sure my kiddos will love getting mail too!

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  9. I have been seeing your blog listed everywhere, and just had to check it out. Oh my word...I just have to follow your blog now...you are too funny {and you have great ideas too} :)
    Anita
    http://mrsbremersk.blogspot.com/

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  10. Funniest. blog. ever. I am addicted to you. Your blog is my crack.

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  11. Funniest. blog. ever. I am addicted to you. Your blog is my crack.

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  12. hey bestie, I just gave you the on fire award thingy...:)
    Reagan

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  13. Love! I was going to suggest having a mail carrier as one of your classroom jobs {how cute would that be! they could deliver all the mail and practice letter recognition with the names!} but then I read paragraph 2...I can't believe they would write such things! Oh, oh! You should also have "stamps" that they can stamp on their letters! And coins that they have to buy the stamps with! Oh the possibilities!

    Hadar
    Miss Kindergarten
    My Pinterest Boards

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  14. You could use the junk mail envelopes that come in so many bills, for the stipudents to put their letters in. They are free and make it one more part of the letter writing process.

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