Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pre-writing and Writing Practice

(4 1/2 Years)

Yesterday we began working on our homework packet.  One of the suggested activities was the following page.  The child practices writing her name, reading the sentence, cutting out the individual words, pasting the words in order, and then writing (or attempting to write) the entire sentence.  Little Miss loves these types of activities.  She began working right away.

Wild One loves using his scissors, so I knew he'd work on the first few parts of this activity.  He quickly wrote his name, read the sentence (with help- play and park were new words for the both of them), began cutting out the words and pasting them in order.

Little Miss made several glue stick circles, and then pasted each word down in order.  Wild One glued one word down at a time.

Next came the writing.  We have spent a lot of time practicing uppercase letters.  When Little Miss saw that the sentence contained lowercase letters, I reminded her that she can either try to write the letters in lowercase or write all the letters in uppercase.  She said, "I don't know how to write lowercase letters real good, but I want to try to copy the letters."  How cute!  She did a great job!

Wild One was able to write his name, read the sentence, cut the strips, paste them in order and he started writing, but then drew a straight line across his sentence.  He said he didn't know how to write the lowercase letters, and I think he became a bit frustrated.  I quickly grabbed the magic wand and he went back to the -op family.  I know we need to work on maintaining his discipline, especially when it comes to standard bookwork and worksheets.  We'll get there.  Meanwhile, it's time to have more fun!

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