Pre-kindergarten students recreate Post Office in class – carrier impressed

Omaha, NE, Saddle Creek Station City Carrier Lisa Tosone

Each year at the Brownell Talbot School, pre-kindergarten students have a chance to enjoy learning about the mail as part of their curriculum. During the educational process, children write a letter to their carrier asking her to visit the classroom. When Omaha, NE, Saddle Creek Station City Carrier Lisa Tosone received their letters, she was eager to oblige.

While visiting the class, Tosone taught students about delivering the mail, shared some of her favorite books about the mail, and presented kids with USPS activity books. In return, students showed her their classroom Post Office which they created to simulate operations at a real unit.

Terry Nelson, the student’s teacher, appreciated Tosone’s visit to her classroom and thanked her for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her knowledge and experience with the kids.

Post Office tour boosts students’ letter writing skills

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha teaches the craft of letter writing to local students.

Stanford, MT, Retail Associate Sarah Bracha and Postmaster Kristina Hill became local holiday celebrities this past season with children. To inspire them to hone their letter crafting skills, Bracha and Hill visited the local elementary school and discussed letter writing with the young students and how to address letters. They also took Letters to Santa templates, holiday stickers, and a festive poem to aid students in the letter writing process.

“Both the teachers and students enjoyed it immensely,” said Hill.

Beyond classroom visits, Bracha and Hill gave kindergartners, pre-kindergartners and homeschooled students a tour of the Post Office. They also assisted homeschooled children with their letter writing ability at the Post Office during their visit.

From Me To You

From me to you

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates April as National Card and Letter Writing Month by issuing colorful Forever stamps sheets complete with decorative stickers for personalizing envelopes, letters and greeting cards. The Postal Service is collaborating with Scholastic to provide an educators’ guide on teaching letter writing titled, “It’s a Delight to Write,” that will be distributed to 80,000 teachers and 7.3 million parents nationwide.

National Classroom Writing Program

The national writing program, “It’s a Delight to Write,” is designed to encourage letter writing through a classroom poster-teaching guide that will be distributed to more than 80,000 teachers nationwide. The guide features lessons on writing letters, plus writing activities for students including: “Mystery Mail,” a fun writing game to get students to learn more about each other. “Post Pocket Pals,” an activity to create pen pals around the world and “Fan Mail,” a guide to writing letters to favorite authors. The program also includes parent take-home activities to encourage family writing night and comes with a cut-out postcard to get kids started. An “It’s a Delight to Write” perforated postcard is included in the April issue of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, which reaches 7.3 million readers.

Decorative Stickers Deliver Greetings

The limited edition Forever stamps bear the words “From Me To You” in capital letters. Surrounding the 4 rows of stamps in the center of the sheet are colorful self-adhesive stickers. The 11 labels at the top of the sheet, in the shapes of hearts, circles, and rectangles, carry messages such as “Happy Birthday,” “Miss You,” “Thank You” and “Get Well Soon.” Along the sides and bottom of the sheet are 26 decorative stickers including hearts, envelopes, flowers, mailboxes, and a kiss (red lips).

The stamps are now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

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Postage Stamps as Teaching Tools?

Visual learning is a process that involves retaining information by viewing graphic displays of topic material. Seeing images of words, ideas and concepts has proven to be an effective strategy in enhancing the learning process and recalling information with more clarity and consistency. One possible application of this concept involves the use of postage stamps to reinforce long-term knowledge about a subject.

Postage stamps have told America’s story since the Postal Service was created in 1775. Their colorful, visual displays of people, places and events continue to capture the attention of collectors around the world. Given the detail and vibrant pictures on stamps, could they be used as a visual aid to help students learn new material in the classroom? Let’s take a look at some of this year’s stamp releases and find out.

On January 6, the New Mexico Statehood stamp was released. The stamp depicts a landscape in northern New Mexico with a date range of 1912-2012, indicating when the territory was officially accepted as a state into the U.S.

The Birds of Prey stamp issue, released on January 20, depicts a collection of five powerful birds including the Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Golden Eagle, Osprey, and the Northern Harrier.

The Civil War was a difficult time in our history, and the Postal Service commemorated two particular events with a stamp release. Both the Battle of New Orleans stamp (April 24-May 1, 1862) and the Battle of Antietam stamp (September 17, 1862) were issued on April 24.

Each series displays not only a visual story on the subject matter, but also provides additional information such as names and dates. Students learning about these subjects could possibly reinforce their long-term recollection of that knowledge by reviewing a related stamp issue.

Do you think stamps could be used to reinforce the learning process in the classroom?

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