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Last school year was the first time I worked with the Common Core Standards and a mid-year expectation is that kinders will master: Print all uppercase letters.
Print all lowercase letters. However, I took my time teaching letter formation. This year, I see the benefits of increasing the intensity with which we practiced, but also increasing the frequency of smart practice.
By increasing the intensity and amount of practice in smart ways, I do see less hesitation in general from my writers and I do less re-teaching in this area overall.
We started teaching a letter a day to our students and part of my main focus was how to form the letter. We skywrite with our fingers, noses, toes… anything to keep us moving those first days of school!
So I made three simple sheets to practice in small groups. The top portion practices the simple stroke and the bottom is the letters that I think help practice the stroke the best.
At the bottom, my kinders had to change crayon colors when writing each letter. This was almost mean, but it works. If they simply use the same color, they begin to go on autopilot and focus less on what their hand is actually doing.
I could keep track in my binder, but how could I let the kinders get excited over their own growth, even if it was just one new letter they figured out? And how can I show them which letters they should be practicing individually over and over right now?
I made an alphabet chart for each student and we marked off each letter they mastered. This was way too tricky to keep up with. What did work… Note cards. I actually made these to focus the practice my kinders were doing on producing their letter sounds.
Only the letters sounds they needed were written on their own personal card. They had to cover up each letter written on their card with a bingo chip three times at the beginning of a group lesson before completing the whole alphabet chart with sounds.
When a student could produce each sound without the chart, we marked it off and celebrated! So, I flipped over their card and drew a pencil icon at the top to signify these were for handwriting to my emerging readers.
I wrote their letters to still master underneath, grouped by upper and lowercase. As pictured above, you can see that this student had quite a few to practice right after our first quarter assessments based on the number of letters written on the card. You can also see that we can easily cross things off as they are mastered, giving a sense of accomplishment!
Same routine… they get their individual card which are easily stored by groups and practice writing each letter three times. This also gives me the luxury of being able to give each kinder my attention since they all finish at different times, yet have an additional thing to do.Titania Ferrisa, Elmtree Computers: Melbourne: Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics and Biology: Our enthusiasm in helping young people, extensive tutorial experience and an individual tutoring approach are enabling students to achieve their educational goals with easy effort and great satisfaction.
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