Why do you do group writing?
Each day we make time for a writer's workshop that provides children with opportunities to learn and practice skills in story telling (book making) and writing.
As we involve the children in story telling and book making we are always asked how do I make the letter...
So what did we do?
We listened to the children and started a group writing once a week where we can show children proper letter formation and they love it. If we forget to do the activity which is every Tuesday, they will be sure to remind us.
How do you do the group writing?
Each child gets their own white board, sock and dry marker.
Children place the sock on their left hand so that they can easily erase their marks. In our group we have one child that is left handed and she knows to place her sock on the right hand.
Teacher has her own white board to demonstrate to children with. As we write the letter we use language like started at the top, big line, slanted line, little line, big curve, small curve, down, up and across.
How do you pick the letters?
We ask the children what letters they want to write.
Some times they will ask how to draw something so we do a guided drawing to show them how they can use shapes to create things that they want to draw.
Writing skills that develop in early childhood, especially during the preschool years, are a clear and strong predictor of children’s later writing achievement and literacy skills.
This packet for letter formation with Groovy Cat will provide children with a variety of hands on learning activities to build children's knowledge on how to form letters. These activities can be used for small group activities or in learning centers as part of the classroom environment.
Letter Formation Frames and Arrows
Letter Formation Write & Wipe Frames
Letter Formation with Play Dough
Letter Formation Write & Wipe Letter Mats
All About Letters Skill Building Worksheets
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