KValentine COVER Feb2017Each year our Kindergarten classes take a deep dive into letter writing in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. This year the two classes took slightly different approaches, both of which led to an exploration of the workings of the U.S. mail system. Both projects activated a multitude of skills including collaboration, writing, and mathematics surrounding money.

Laraine Ray’s class created a physical post office and letter processing facility in their classroom including a bank to buy stamps, a physical post office structure for letter inspection and post-marking, and individually decorated mailboxes. The children took the roles of postmaster, banker, customer, inspector, sorter, and carrier, circulating around the students each shift. With the exception of the Postmaster, the children worked collaboratively without the help of the teacher to reach their goals.

Michelle Barerras’ class began studying the history of Valentine’s Day as far back as the myth of Cupid and Ancient Rome, and incorporated learning about the significance of messages and card making. After weeks of designing cards and writing personal messages for each classmate, the students worked in envelope and stamp shops to prepare their valentines to be mailed. The culmination of their journey took them on a field trip to the San Mateo post office for a tour, to meet the Postmaster, and to mail their valentines.

Enjoy a slideshow a highlights from both class projects below:


Setting Up the PO Mailbox.
Working at the Post Office.
Making Stamps.
Banker Selling Stamps and Making Change.
Inspection and Postage Cancellation.
Delivering to Hand-Decorated Student Mailboxes.
Brainstorming and Writing Personal Messages.
Keeping Track of Cards, Messages, and Mailing Materials.
Exploring Different Ways to Buy Stamps.
Running the Stamp Shop.
Researchers Meet the Post Master.


 February 17, 2017



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Hillsborough, CA 94010





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San Mateo, CA 94403



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