I’m pretty sure I gleaned this activity from one of our preschool curriculum books. It was way too easy and successful for me to have come up with on my own. All three of the Littles (Noah 7 DS, Bella 6, and Seth 4) enjoyed this project.
Chalk or white crayon.
Draw the Letter A
Aluminum foil squares. (Moms, cut the squares before the activity begins.)
Need I say more?
(One little hint – my kiddos got tired of gluing each little square and then sticking it on the A. I wound up letting them put glue over a small section of the A and then stick the foil squares onto the paper before moving to the next section.)
Okay, okay. Two little hints. Kids love working with material they don’t usually get to put their hands on. Using correct line order, have them trace over your A with the chalk or crayon. I believe that for struggling learners and those with special needs, every single repetition of a motion, a letter, a word, counts; so let’s try to capture every opportunity we can.
I wrote his name in yellow. Sitting on my lap, with coaching from me, he wrote his letters in black on top of my yellow. Coaching this activity meant saying things like, “Start at the top, go down, now across.”
Then he wrote his name at the bottom of the page with coaching but no yellow lines to guide him.
Being able to write your name is a big milestone in the academic life of a child, and this is one area Noah has come a long way in over the past year. One of our goals for Noah this year is that by the end of the school year he is able to write his name completely independently. You’ll be hearing a lot about how we are accomplishing this, because, by golly, I’m ready to start conquering a mountain or two where Noah is concerned.
This morning was a great start!
What are your goals for the school year looking like?
An extradorinary little boy, the ordinary people who love him, and their journey together through the world of visual learning and speech acquisition. (And in my "free time," vintage crochet, machine embroidery, digitizing and Etsy.)