Saturday, May 19, 2012
Lines in the Sand: A Fun Way to Practice Letter Recognition
We like flexibility around here.
Today's activity involved matching upper- and lowercase letters, so I used two trays and poured colored sand into them- just enough to cover the bottoms.
(Note: the trays I use are simple stove burner covers that are something like this. I buy craft sand whenever I see it inexpensively.)
Today, our activity went like this: I said a letter, and I asked Ben to write first the "big" version of the letter...
andwriting Without Tears curriculum. As any homeschooling mom can attest, it's almost impossible to school several children at once and still manage to see the way that each and every letter is formed. Using this sand technique helps to take some of the guesswork out (at least in that department).
When the letters have been made correctly, the child can give the tray a *gentle* shake to make the letter disappear and they're reading to start again.
Have you ever tried this activity? How has is worked for you?