I love good reading activities, and this You’ve Got Mail reading activity is a total keeper. From beginning to finish this activity was fun, fun, fun. We used it to practice our CVC words, but it would work just as well for sight words, spelling lists, and so many other fun reading assignments.
To start, I let my son place stickers on each of the envelopes for stamps. This was way too much fun, and I will probably have to keep the real stamps under lock and key from now on.
Then, I wrote words we are working on down on individual index cards. We used the colored index cards because they are so much more fun than the plain white ones, but you can use whatever you have laying around. Scraps of paper would work as well.
We didn’t seal the envelopes. I’m not into all of the slobber involved with that, and I wanted to reuse the envelopes over and over again.
Then I had my son sit in the cool office chair, behind the big desk, and open his mail. One at a time, he opened the envelopes and pulled out the cards. We sounded out the words, and then he moved onto the next piece of mail.
He had such a great time, that he asked to do it again the next day. My older girls wanted to be involved too. They kept coming in to re-stuff his envelopes and help him with his reading.
The best part is, that I can put the entire reading activity in a folder, when we’re finished, and pull it out on another day to use again.
One of the things we want to do next is create his own mailbox so I can drop his mail off in the morning, and he can pick it up and read it on his own. I’m just waiting to lay my hands on the perfect size shoe box, and we’ll be ready to go.
We hope you love this activity. Feel free to share it with your friends who are teaching a little person the magic of reading.