Monday, 19 March 2018

Will writing/forming letters correctly increases my children's ability to record their sentence quickly down without loosing the words?

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Will writing/forming letters correctly increases my children's ability to record their sentence quickly down without loosing their words?

We as teachers know how important it is to fine tune those writing skills, especially when they are young and are learning how to write their letters. Many children struggle with letter formation, where to position their pencil, and how to stabilize their piece of paper.

What exactly happened in class with my students?  
Through Quick60 program - we learn to form one letter a day
Dictation supports formation of letters correctly - through repetition
Language use for the formation of letters are simple (circle, short stick, long stick, hook etc.

How did I do it in class?
Set up fun activities before school starts - practice is the key

Any opportunity to practice letters - allow chn to do it
In writing - emphasize / encourage chn to write letters correctly and fluently
Home-Learning to practice letters

Goals
(what I’m looking for that shows I’m making a difference to student progress)
Increase students' letters and words recognition
Increase students' ability to write a story quickly

Increase students' passion and confident to write

Critique (Pros & Con) - Final Thought
After 7-8 weeks
- children needs a lot of practice - they need to practice forming letters in different ways
- holding the pencil correctly is so important
- teaching the child to sit still in a position that is going to help with the formation of
letters correctly is also improtant.
- children can also practice letters from home
- it is good to let kids practice on anything - lined papers or not, concrete or white boards etc.

Important Tips - Next Steps
- Always have your child start out writing lowercase letters. This is important because
when they start to read, most of the words are in lowercase letters.
- Remind your child to use their “helper hand,” opposite of their writing hand,
to stabilize the page and hold it down while they write.
- Help them have correct and proper pencil grip. This may take some practice,
but is key to writing letters.
- Ensure your child is sitting at the right size of table with their feet flat on the floor to
create the stability needed to move their eyes and hands with precision.


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