Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Handwriting Practice

Tim looks for meaningful occasions to encourage N. to practice writing letters, and this often means writing notes to mail to family and friends.  Valentine's Day, birthdays, Mother's Day, thank-you notes for gifts all warrant an N. card (hint to family and friends: send N. more mail so he can write back to you!).  Tim and N. start by talking about what N. wants the note or card to look like and what he wants it to say.  N. will dictate the message to Tim, who will write it down for N. to copy.  Sometimes N. practices on a piece of paper before writing on the card.  Here's a recent sympathy card he sent to my mom and dad, whose cat had died.  It's pretty much the sweetest thing in the universe.

As you can see, N. still prefers to write in all capital letters.  As he is doing more independent reading, I've noticed that there are still a few lower-case letters that he mixes up (b, d, p) so it makes sense that when he is writing he uses the letters he is most comfortable with and for which he apparently also has an aesthetic preference.

These notes make handwriting practice a meaningful task; they also feed into his developing literacy, and they provide important lessons in socialization.  N. is very proud of them and so are we!

4 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Love the drawing of the cat!

Fanny Harville said...

I know -- it's so cute, isn't it? Apparently Tim and Norris spent some time observing our cat and practicing drawing him first.

Lucinda said...

i had heard about this card, but it is even sweeter in person (or picture). the drawing is so cute, too. also, now that i know norris wants mail to reply to, i will get on that!

mandy said...

we also like to come up with real life opportunities for H to practice his writing. his sister practices on her own all of the time. but H has a lot of anxiety about writing. he also likes to only write in all capital letters. he hates lower case e's. :)