Sunday, March 29, 2009

Teaching Letters

I found an article in Parents magazine May 2008 (Um, yeah, I'm a little behind in my magazine reading, carrying on...) on teaching your child letters, I found a few good pointers and thought I would share them.

~ It's best to begin by teaching your preschooler to write their name
~ Even though it's easier to write capital letters don't encourage them to write their name in all capital letters - it's a hard habit for kids to break later
~ From their name you can teach them the rest of the upper case letters
~ MANY (if not most) kids write some of their letters backwards, don't worry it doesn't mean they're dyslexic
~ Don't be focused on just writing with pencils and crayons - these may actually be too small for your child's motor skill level, try using rubber grips (sold at any school supply store) or even larger markers and crayons)
~ "Straight Talk: after a child learns how to write her name in uppercase and lowercase letters, teach the rest of the capitals. Go in the order of difficulty: start with straight letters, then curvy ones, and end with diagonals, says Jan Olsen, a handwriting expert in Cabin John, Maryland."
FIRST LETTERS: E, F, H, I, L, T
SECOND LETTERS: B, C, D, G, J, O, P, Q, S, U
THIRD LETTERS: A, K, M, N, R, V, W, X, Y, Z

1 comment:

tinaoglesby said...

this is wonderful, thank you for sharing! we've just started learning our letters, starting with my son's name...i was not sure where to go next :)