Friday, January 13, 2012

* Letter Writing Center

When "C" and I went out to get the mail yesterday, 
she asked me why she never gets any mail. 
Well it just about broke my heart. 
Then I realized an easy way for her to get her own mail 
is if she starts sending some  of her own to grandparents, 
aunts and uncles, neighbor friends, and great grandmas! 

I remembered the wonderful letter writing center in Mariah Bruehl's book
and decided it was time to make our own (smaller) version.

We started with a basic lesson on how to properly address
an envelope. I glued an envelope to a piece of card stock
showing where to put a return address label, 
the address and name of the person you are sending the card or drawing to,
and where to put 1 stamp.  : )
I had to emphasize that stamps are not stickers and you only use ONE per envelope.

Then, I needed a way for "C" and "E" to have addresses 
for the people they would be mailing cards to. 
So, I printed small photos of all of our important people
and slipped each one in a baseball card collecting page protector.

Then, I made address labels for each person and stacked them 
in the proper pouch behind their photos.

I also made some key vocabulary word cheat sheets
for "C" since she's learning sight words and can copy names
and words if she has one to look at. 

I didn't have a super cute basket or bin to put the supplies in 
but then we received a care package from Grandma in Texas
and I just cut off the top flaps of the priority mail  box and put everything inside.
I even used the two long flaps as little dividers inside the box.

I included two boxes filled with blank cards, envelopes, writing utensils.

I also included school directories and a neighborhood directory
in case "E" wants to look up an address.

Blank cards. Some homemade and some are from our stationery stash.
The ones on top were made from "paintings" by my mom's cat on her iPad.

Blurry photo of envelopes, stamps, etc. in the other box.

"C" didn't let me finish stocking the box before she was "writing" 
her first card to grammy. 
There are three cards in today's outgoing mail. : )

As soon as "E" got home from school, she wrote a letter
to her best friend as well. I think this little letter writing box 
is going to be a fun new activity for the girls.

This is a fun activity for this time of year as practice 
for Valentine's Day!

This was a million years ago, look how little "C" was!

Wish we still had our homemade mail box, 
we may need to make another one for incoming and outgoing mail! 

Photo used with permission from Ikat Bag blog.

We're planning to make some of Ikat Bag blog's awesome 
homemade sticker card sets today after school!
Go here to get the full tutorial.

We will also be making a new batch of my

We're off to the post office to buy more stamps!

Pink and Green Mama 

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