This vast handwriting curriculum offers a comprehensive approach designed by an occupational therapist. Children master writing lower case printed letters via a multi-sensory approach. They also participate in hands-on activities to give them the fine motor and visual skills they need for successful handwriting!
LOOK, LISTEN, MAKE, MASTER, is the sequence of steps used to teach each letter of the alphabet. What are these steps?
: In this first step children recognize specific letters and identify their visual details. On this page children practice visual perception and visual motor skills. This teaches them to notice the details about a letter. Is it tall or small? Does it have diagonal lines or straight lines? This helps build handwriting skills.
* Children scan a line of letters, looking for a specific letter.
* They place an "X" beneath the letter - this works on pencil control (also known as visual motor control).
: Children learn a simple auditory “Letter Story” that teaches how to form a letter. They use auditory skills to remember proper letter formation.
* Read the “Letter Story” for a new letter.
* Ask children to repeat it 3 times. They draw accompanying strokes in the air then on the large letter model.
: Hands-on multi-sensory practice reinforces the kinesthetic “feel” for a letter.
This step also provides fine motor practice, so important for handwriting. Using "letter cards" that an adult cuts out, kids make the letter they are learning. There are 4 options for hands-on activities:
* MAKE Sensory Letters: Kids use sensory "bags" to write letters with a finger.
* MAKE Paper Letters: Kids tear strips of construction paper into pieces and glue them onto a letter card.
* MAKE Dotted Letters: Kids use Play-doh to make letters. Roll Play-doh into a snake. Break off small pieces and roll them into circles or "dots". Press these dots onto a letter card to make a letter.
* MAKE Pompom Letters: Pick up pompoms using kids' tongs or tweezers. Glue these onto a letter card to make a letter.
: Once a child has completed the three steps above, he is ready to try writing!
* Practice writing the new letter on this page.
* Follow directions at the bottom of the page to master differences between TALL, SMALL, and FALL letters.
What else makes LEARN LETTERS unique?
1- “Letters Groups” are organized according to similar formation. This means that children learn letters with similar kinesthetic and pencil movements, such as with the ”Down and Bumps” group (letters D B P R).
2- “Letter Stories”, unique to this program, provide consistent verbal, visual, and kinesthetic cues to help kids master correct letter formation.
3- “Starting Stars” show children where to start letters.
Visual, verbal, and kinesthetic cues introduce and reinforce each letter. Simple, yet fun, this program is ideal for kindergarten students. It is suitable for some younger or older children.
Visual perceptual, visual motor, and fine motor skills are crucial when it comes to handwriting. Too often, occupational therapists and teachers see children struggle to learn and master letters because of weaknesses with these skills. Now, children can practice these skills with the LEARN LETTERS workbooks!
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