Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Writing on the Chalkboard

Another way to practice writing letters besides the sand tray (see previous post) is writing on a chalkboard.  Funny how this may be one of the few times a child of this age will actually have this experience! 
The child first traces the sandpaper letter with their finger which is the same way the sand tray work is done.  They pick up the chalk and write the letter on the chalkboard. 
So many of our children are beginning to write.  We write in the sand tray, with the chalkboard, on paper and sometimes they will paint letters at the easel.  Of course, we have our metal insets which is a great place to begin writing practice!  It is so important to provide the environment which will enhance the child's development of a certain skill at a specific time.  So, the sensitive period for writing has begun, I see some holiday gift opportunities!  (Fun pads of paper, colored pencils, crayons, markers, colored pens etc...) This is something that is never forced, the child should come to it themselves. 

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