Hare Krishna Dear Parents!
This term is moving fast! Here are some of our latest activities…
Learning Focus – Teaching Children to Write their Letters and Numbers…
Writing their Names…
It’s best to start by teaching your child to print her name. Even though capital letters are easier to write than lowercase ones, don’t encourage your child to write their name using all caps. It’s an incredibly difficult habit for kids to break once they have learned to write their name in all capital letters. Encourage your child to write only the beginning letter in caps and the rest in lower case.
Writing Letters Backwards!
Don’t freak out and immediately think that it’s dyslexia! Writing letters backwards is a common problem in young children. It usually resolves itself, but here a some tips for helping them to get it right.
Although reversals are common in their early years. students who continue to reverse letters past second grade will need intervention.
- For students who reverse multiple letters (b/d, m/w, p/q), address one discrimination at at time. Over-teach one of the letters before introducing the other. For example, if you are addressing the b/d reversal, over-teach writing of the “b” before introducing the “d”.
- Use multi-sensory materials while teaching the letter(s). Making and tracing the letters using playdoh, wikki sticks, shaving cream, hair gel in a baggie, yarn, puffy or glitter glue will help. Be sure the child says the letter name and sound while tracing the letter (“b” says /b/ while tracing the letter-repeat multiple times).
- Use visual cues to cue correct letter formation. A common visual cue is to teach the “b” as a “bat with a ball” to cue that the stick is formed first while writing the letter. The “d” is cued as a “doorknob and a door”.
Sing these songs that we use in class to help
A bat and a ball, a bat and a ball
That’s how you make a ‘b’
A bat and a ball!
A doorknob and a door, a doorknob and a door
That’s how you make a ‘d’
A doorknob and a door!
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