Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shake It Up and Stamp Your Letters

Letter talk is important for helping students practice correct letter and number formation, "Let's start our tall letters at the top," but I think students tune us out after hearing the directions so many times.  Let's shake it up a little.

This little album is simply the wonderful Handwriting Without Tears guide to writing capital letters, cut up into "bite size" sections and slipped into individual photo sleeves.  Students select one fingerpad to use as their stamp, then create a letter on a piece of scrap paper.  After the students practice on their own for a few minutes you can have partners play "Mystery Letters" and guess what letter the other person is creating.

Might you mention a little hyperextension in your treatment notes?

Add a drop of good-smelling baking extract (peppermint, almond) or mini squirt of bath oil to the stamp pad to enhance the fun.  You've made sure nobody in class is sensitive to anything, right?

1 comment:

Abby said...

This is a great idea! I'm always looking for more multi-sensory activities for handwriting. Thanks for sharing.