Monday, February 2, 2009

Storytime Fun: The Mail's Here!

I don't know about you, but I love to get the mail! With Valentine's Day approaching, sometimes the mailman brings some fun cards and letters. The excitement of getting something special in the mail is what inspired this storytime!

Marcus and the Mail: the Sound of M By Joanne Meier and Cecilia Minden
This book focuses on the sound of the letter "m" while telling about a boy named Marcus who gets some special mail.

Bunny Mail By Rosemary Wells
This darling story is a Max and Ruby lift-the-flap book. Max tries to write a letter to Santa, but the mailman has trouble reading Max's letters.

Love and Kisses, Kitty By Max Haynes
This simple lift-the-flap book shows kitty making Valentines for all of her animal friends!

A Letter to Amy By Ezra Jack Keats
This is another charming story by the author and illustrator of The Snowy Day.

Fingerplays, Songs, and Activities

When I taught Kindergarten, the students loved to write "letters". Save all of the junk mail envelopes, notepads, stickers, and address labels you receive. Set out some crayons, markers, and pencils, and let your kids "write" their own letters. This will even work for preschoolers who are not writing yet.

Mail Carrier Theme Station
Many different songs, activities, and fingerplays about mail and mailmen are available at this site.

Valentine's Theme
Visit this site for many more books, songs, and fingerplays!

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