The Power of Tracing
Build letter and sound knowledge by creating this alphabet book and implementing this tactile experience (touching the letter with your finger). In her book The Next Step in Guided Reading, Jan Richardson, shares how important it is to trace the alphabet. After 10 years of research, she was able to conclude that tracing is the fastest and easiest way for children to learn their letters.
How to Make:
-Simply print pages on white paper and fold on the black line.
-Staple or bind the papers together to create a book.
-Some teachers have used puffy paint or glitter glue to trance the letters to make them -more tactile. (But it is not absolutely necessary)
-The activity that follows should be done daily for best results!
-This activity will not only build letter and sound knowledge, but also help with letter formation (handwriting).
How to Use:
1. Identify your student’s “Reader Finger”. Make sure they are using their dominant hand (Writing hand).
2. Demonstrate: Starting at the top of the letter, the student uses their Reader Finger to trace each upper and lowercase letter in the ABC book. Say the name of each letter as it is traced. Tip: If they need help doing it independently, you can gently guide their hands.
3. Then point to and name the picture, and then say the sound the letter makes.
Example: “A (trace letter), a (trace letter), apple (point to picture), /a/ (point to picture)”
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