Master letter recognition and letter formation while addressing fine motor skills. Simple, yet fun, this program is ideal for kindergarten students. It is suitable for some younger children as well.
MAKE LETTERS uses a multi-sensory approach. Hands-on activities in this resource promote the development of visual and fine motor skills.
How Do I Use This Resource?
Four hands-on activities have children forming letters on letter cards. The activities include:
1- Make letters with Wikki Stix.
* An adult cuts Wikki Stix in half. (This allows for both short and longer Wikki Stix.)
* Kids form one part of the letter first, choosing full or half-size Wikki Stix.
* Ask children to make letters directly on top of the letter models.
* Wikki Stix use promotes two-handed (or bilateral) hand skills.
2- Make letters with Playdoh.
* Children roll Playdoh into a snake and place it on part of a letter.
* Ask kids to adjust the length of the snake so it fits the letter well.
* Next, they complete other parts of the letter. This activity strengthens hands.
3- Make letters with stickers.
* Kids remove stickers from a sticker sheet and place them on a letter.
* Removing and manipulating stickers works on pincer grasp and two-handed skills.
4- Make letters with crayon pieces.
* Children write letters using short crayon pieces. Encourage correct letter formation.
* Using short (about 1-inch) crayon pieces promotes a pincer grasp.
How Do I Prepare This Resource?
* Sheets in this resource may be used “as is” or they may be laminated and cut into letter cards for each different fine motor activity.
* Also, you may store letter cards in pencil boxes for each type of fine motor activity.
What Makes Handwriting Help for Kids and MAKE LETTERS Unique?
1- Handwriting Help for Kids pairs teaching letters with practicing and refining visual and fine motor skills that children need for academics.
2- 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 Bump” group (letters D, B, P, R).
3- ”Letter Stories”, unique to this program, provide consistent verbal and visual cues to help children master correct letter formation.
4- “Starting Stars” show kids where to start upper and lower case letters.
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