Yes – e-mail skills are important.But writing traditional snail mail is exciting PLUS, excellent writing skills give children a lifelong advantage. The only way they will know envelope format, is if we teach them. This activity is great for parents to do with their kids or teachers to set up as a literacy station.
In school, children with strong writing skills often outperform their peers in daily work and tests. Outside the classroom, writing skills enable children to collaborate, connect and share their experiences. Most professions require the skill of addressing envelopes, so why not introduce it to children at a young age.
To perfect their writing skills, children need to write often. One of the simplest ways they practice is by writing plenty of letters and addressing the envelopes by themselves. We like to print a TON of blank envelope templates and set them in the literacy center. Place a set of children scissors, sharpned pencils and glue next to the stack and children will make and address their own envelopes.
If you are a parent or know the child’s home address write the child’s name and address on a 3×5 note card and let them copy the information.Then copies this information off the card and onto the envelop. Then the child not only learns about envelope format, but also an important life skill – their own address.
How to address an envelope
Materials Needed for Envelope Format Activity
- Envelope template
- Children’s scissors
- Glue Stick
Directions for Envelope Format Activity
Recipient’s address: This is the name and address of the person to whom the letter is being sent to. The recipient’s full name, street name as well as city, state and zip code should be written on separate lines. Postal abbreviations of the state name can be used, but only in capital letters. This section of writing is places in the middle of the envelope. It is traditionally written bigger.
Return address: Also known as the return label, this address outlines the information of the sender. It is included so that the postal service will know where to send it in case delivery to recipient fails for one reason or the other. On separate lines write your full name, your street address as well as your city, state and zip code. Again, postal abbreviation codes of the state can be used, but only in capital letters. The return address should be written on the top left corner of the envelope. This section is traditionally written smaller.
If children are making and addressing the envelopes for classmates. Have them sort and deliver the envelopes just as a mail carrier would.This would make a great pretend play center in an early learning classroom.
Learning how mail gets sorted is also an important lesson for children. For starters, the mail sorting process depends a lot on the country and the postal service used. Many postal services use an automated system to address mail. All the mail is first checked for stamp to ensure that the delivery fee is paid. Afterwards, it is sorted based on the cities and zip codes. To get to the right destination, a single letter can be sorted a few times based on the zip code criteria.
With the increased popularity of emails and advancement of technology, the necessity to teach children how to address envelopes correctly becomes more important every day.