Hi! This is the third post in my handwriting made easy series. I hope you have been learning and enjoying from the posts so far! Little kids have so very many days of school head of them, so I think it is super important to keep the idea of learning as fun as possible while also setting up a great foundation for future success.
Up until now, I have only discussed activities that can help make those little fingers stronger and encourage the correct pincher grasp. Today I would like to share some of my favorite ways to encourage fun, correct letter formation.
Of course, eventually little ones will need to make letters with a pencil and paper (and I will also share some great techniques for that, too), but let's first start with other letter formation methods to really teach the shapes and get kids thinking about lines.
One of the most fun ways is...
In my first post about how you can make handwriting easier, I shared with you some simple activities to strengthen up those cute little fingers so a child will be able to successfully approach writing. Before I move on to explain forming letters with ease, there is one more activity I highly recommend for little hands....
As preschool teachers, we often find ourselves saying hilarious things that you would never imagine a grown up would need to say at work... It provides us with regular comic relief throughout our days for sure!
Since these statements bring us so many big smiles and giggles, I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Here is just a glimpse into some of the ridiculous things we find ourselves saying:
All kids need to eventually learn to write, but not all kids are naturally good at it! That's ok - there are plenty of activities to help with this. I am so glad you can join me for Part 1 of this series. Be sure to sign up with your email so you don't miss the rest...
Before you even show your child a worksheet or a pencil, there are some wonderful, simple, activities you can do to set them up for success.
The main goal of most of these activities is to work on hand strength. Without strong hands, handwriting will just be torture for everyone - so it's so very important to not skip this step!
One of the best (and simplest) hand strengthening activities that is kid and teacher approved is:
Preschoolers love songs! Not only do they love songs, but songs help them remember what you are trying to teach them. In our classroom, we teach a few preschool Spanish topics throughout the year. For each topic, we have a little song we sing.
Want to learn our theme song? You Are My Sunshine is a time-honored song that children and adults can all enjoy! We have developed these special hand movements and are excited to share them with others. This is a great song for all young children to learn. Enjoy!
Follow this link to watch it on YouTube:
Learning letter sounds is the first step to being able to read. Keeping it fun makes kids want to keep doing it!
In our preschool, we have great success with teaching letter sounds to kids by keeping it fun and making it like a game. Zoo-Phonics makes it simple because they have created letter cards with animals in the shape of the letters.
However, any letter cards will do. The most important part of the program is getting the kids to move while they make the sound. I am excited to share with our preschool families, and anyone else who wants to make learning letters fun, the motions we use in our preschool.
Follow this link to watch it on YouTube:
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Sometimes getting kids to line up nicely can feel like you are attempting to herd a bunch of cats. It's just not something they naturally want to do.
To make this sometimes daunting task easier, we like to use a chime or bell, sing a little song, and get the kids involved. Getting the kids to be "in charge" always seems to make any task go better.
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