Friday, April 26, 2013

Community Helpers: Mail Carriers

Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers” by Ann Owen

This perfect-for-preschoolers picture book simplistically describes what mail carriers do.

“Many people in your community have jobs helping others. What do mail carriers do? Mail carriers sort the mail and deliver it. The mail carrier delivers letters and even birthday presents. Mail carriers always make sure the mail gets to the right place…The mail carrier always follows a route. Mail carriers go to homes in the city and farms in the country. Everywhere, mail carriers deliver the mail.”

I particularly like the idea of describing an occupation to preschoolers they can connect with since the mail is delivered almost every day. I often take my child with me when I go to retrieve mail from our mailbox and also when I need to mail a package at the post office.

Moreover, I think playing “post office” for pretend play is also very fun. Each person can make a pretend mail box and deliver to each other pretend mail. I remember decorating blank envelopes when I was about 7 or 8 years old and sold them back to my Dad for 10 cents each! LOL! He was the one who bought them originally---but they didn’t have my artistic embellishment on them. He used to send me mail at summer camp in those envelopes!! What? You didn’t want to pay your bills in those rainbow-cabbage patch stamped decorative envelopes?!

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