Thursday, June 23, 2011
Put good handwriting skills at your students fingertips with this reusable device made from a ziplock freezer-strenth plastic bag. Put finger paint inside the bag, seal it, and reinforce all four edges with masking tape. Kids then use their fingers to "write" on the clean plastic surface, erasing mistakes with a quick flick of the wrist. (Getty 1994)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Handwriting BuddiesGive each student a pencil, felt, craft glue, pom-poms, googly eyes, etc. The student makes a "friend" on the end of their pencil to cover up the eraser. This encourages your students to not erase their work as they practice handwriting.
Shaving CreamI am sure that lots of teachers know this trick-but it's worth mentioning. Give each student a small amount of shaving cream on their desk and have them smear it with their hand. Then the student uses their finger to practice writing letters only with the one hand in the shaving cream. Grab a paper towel for easy clean up.
Nature's LettersGo outside with your students and have them collect items like rocks, sticks, flowers, leaves, grass, etc. Come back to the classroom and have them create letters on a piece of paper. You can write the letter on the paper or allow them to do their "best" letter. Another variance would be to have each student make a letter in a group message for a hall bulletin board. For example: WE LOVE NATURE.
Feely Back WritePair up students into writing partners and then have them practice writing letters on each other's back. The student receiving the back write guesses the letter or message.
Puffy Paint Cards
Have cards made with a letter written in puffy paint. Use them to aide in teaching students how to write letters. This allows them to feel the letter as they run their finger over the top.