P is for Postcard


This is the second story in our series about the Postcard Exchange learning adventure we are enjoying this school year.   We are having such a fun experience with this. I would encourage everyone to do this at least one school semester, but we would like to do it on going during every school year, it is so much fun to make new friends around the world and learn about far away places.

This is a very valuable experience for all of my children.  It is especially valuable for my preschooler and kindergartner.  This postcard exchange is taking place with over 300 preschools and homeschools around the world.  We are learning a lot about the postal service, geography, writing, correspondence, and more through this experience.

Be sure to check out the free Post Office Unit Study link at the bottom of this story.  Feel free to leave us comments in the comment section below too.


The Letter P:

P is for Postcard:



P is for Post Office:



P is for Postman and Postmaster:





Mailing Postcards
 

Throughout this semester, we have mailed postcards from our home mailbox, and from the local post office.  We have been to the local post office on two different field trips so far. 


Mailing Postcards From Our Mailbox

On a recent trip to the post office, we bought $.32 cent stamps so we could mail postcards from our home mailbox.  You must have an appropriate stamp on everything you mail.  These postcards were placed in the mailbox and the flag was positioned “up” to show the mailman we had mail to send out.  Some people have a mailman and some people have a mail lady.



We don’t have a “mailman”, instead we have a “mail lady”!   Our postcards were picked up by our local mail lady, Miss Robin.  She comes to our house 6 days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  She picks up mail we send out, and delivers mail other people send to us.



The kids always enjoy talking to Miss Robin and receiving packages, mail, and postcards she delivers to us.  They love to say hi, and thank her for her service to our family.  She has also spoiled my kids with sharing candy at times.  They are very fond of her.

When Miss Robin found out about our participation in this postcard exchange, she told the children she will mail them a postcard from Niagara Falls when she visits Canada on vacation next month.  They asked if she will drive her car or fly in an airplane.  She told them she will fly in an airplane this time, but she has driven the 14 hours by car to the falls on a previous vacation several years ago.  They were so excited that she said she will send them a postcard!

Mailing Postcards At The Post Office


We also mailed out postcards at the local post office.  The post office has an inside drop box and an outside mailbox.  The outside mailbox is much bigger than the outside mailbox we have at our house.



So far, we have made two trips to the post office during this learning adventure.  During the first trip we learned about the postal service, how to mail postcards, how to buy stamps, and about post office boxes.  We mailed cards to places like Ohio, NC, Illinois, Oregon, etc.  During the second trip to the postoffice, we mailed cards that travel outside the main land USA to Puerto Rico, British Columbia, and two postcards going overseas to Australia.


It costs more to send a postcard outside of the main land USA than it does inside the main land. It costs $.85 cents to British Columbia, and $1.05 to Australia.  Sending a postcard to Puerto Rico costs the same as mailing a regular postcard on the main land USA which is $.32 cents.



The 9 year old paid the postmaster for postage to mail the postcards.  He is learning the value of money and how to buy, sell, and trade for goods and services.  He is doing a great job at counting money. 

Next, the younger kids put their overseas stamps on their postcards.  These two cards are headed to Australia.



Then they placed their postcards in the drop box inside the post office.  Now they can be collected by Postmaster John and sent to other United States Postal Service mail centers to be sorted and sent on to their destinations.  At some point, our postcards will travel by airplane to the states or countries they are addressed to.  Then they will be sorted again and eventually distributed to a local postal service for delivery.

 

Our field trips to the post office served several purposes and we learned allot of different things. 


  • We were able to buy stamps for postcards and stamps for standard envelopes.

  • We were able to mail postcards to places in the USA and around the world.
  • We were able to meet the postmaster and learn how he serves our community.
  • We were able to learn about the United States Postal Service.
  • We were able to meet other people who use the postal service.
  • We were able to learn about mailing postcards, envelopes, packages, the postmaster, postmen, post office boxes, etc.  

 


Thank You Postmaster John

We wanted to thank Postmaster John for helping us learn about the post office and thank him for serving our community.  We decided to make him cards and show our appreciation.



The kids colored lots of pictures about postmen, cut them out, and made “Thank you” cards for the Postmaster. The younger three all made cards using a sheet of construction paper folded in half. Then they used glue sticks to attache their cut outs onto the card and wrote “Thankyou” and “Postmaster John” on the cards.



The older two boys made their own personal messages to say “thanks”. They both addressed the fronts of their projects with their return address and the Postmasters address. One son made a sheet of paper into a letter size envelope and addressed it. Inside he included a special message and a coloring page he made. The other son made a card that looked like a large envelope and addressed one side and drew the flap of the envelope on the back side. He also wrote a special message of thanks inside his card. Then he glued his coloring page inside.



We wrote a letter to Postmaster John thanking him for helping us learn about mailing postcards:



Dear Postmaster John,


Thank you for taking the time to teach us how to mail a postcard. We enjoyed meeting you.


We learned to buy special stamps for postcards. We learned that a postcard stamp costs .32 cents. We learned where to place the stamp on a postcard. We learned how to place our stamped postcards in the mail slot at the post office for the postmaster to send to their addressed destination. We also learned that a stamp for an envelope costs .45 cents.


We learned about flat rate boxes to mail packages. “If it fits it ships”. and about post office boxes people rent, similar to a mail box.


We learned that a Postmaster sells stamps, and weighs packages, and sorts the mail in the post office and puts mail into a post office box for people to pick up their mail, or gives mail to a Postman to be delivered to mailboxes at houses. We got to see a post office box. While looking at a post office box, a customer came and opened their box with a key to get their mail. We learned the boxes are locked and this protects people’s mail from being taken by the wrong person. They must use their key to open their box.


Here are some special cards we made for you to say thank you for serving our community and for sharing your knowledge about the postal service with us.



Sincerely,


The Weiser Family


Next we took a trip to see Postmaster John and give him our thank you cards.





They were so excited to give him the cards they made for him.  I think they brightened his day!




In the past, we have made cookies and treats for people who have helped our family and who serve in our community: mailman, garbage man, doctor, midwife, and local firedepartment.  I want to do this again before we complete our unit study on the post office this fall.

Post Office Unit Study

If you would like to learn more about the United States Postal Service, then why not do a unit study and lapbook or notebook to further the learning?  I have listed several resources in another story titled Post Office Unit Study, so be sure to check the unit study link below to help you further your post office learning adventure. 



Read More Stories In Our Postcard Exchange Series

Be sure to check out our other stories and more links to further the Post Office Unit Study learning adventure:

Postcard Exchange
P Is For Postcard
Postcard Geography Notebooks and Bulletin Board
Post Office Unit Study



This post will be linked up with 
No Time For Flash Cards
Raising Homemakers
ABC and 123
Sharing Time


 

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About Melinda Weiser

I am a sinner, saved by grace. I am on a journey and offer to share my story with the hope that it will bless you. My one desire is to bring glory to my creator. I am a wife and the mother of 6 children, plus two in heaven. I enjoy homeschooling, research, teaching, homesteading, natural gardening, grass based farming, cooking, fresh raw milk, herbs, children, midwifery, and music. I am a writer, biblical mentor, and also work part time in the healthy foods and vitamin business www.weisernaturalfoods.com I have a BSW degree from Kansas State University, and trained professionally as a medical social worker, biblical counselor, tutor, and vocal performer. Thank you for stopping by to read about our homeschool and family life adventures. Be blessed!

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