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Teaching letter formation in Reception

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by dizzielizzie2001uk, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Hi all,
    I'm just really curious as to how everyone teaches letter formation to your reception classes? We have no set specific time for teaching it and usually demonstrate how to form the letter as and when the sound is taught. Children have access to 'letter mats/strips' that show the correct formation that they can access in our wrting area and writing tables and when they need them. We also use chalk and water pots and brushes in our outdoor area for practising letter formation and i usually cover a table in sugar paper with various pens/crayons etc to rehearse letter formation each week. I am interested to see what others do??
    thanks
     
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I teach letter formation when I introduce each phoneme/grapheme. I use a letter formation jingle which we repeat everytime we write the letter until it becomes automatic for the children. I don't use letter mats/strips or name cards as children can often "copy" the letter without forming it correctly and bad habits take lots of correcting. We have actually just discovered children in Y2/3 who appear to have very good handwriting and are in fact forming nearly every letter incorrectly and are having a terrible time now they are expected to join whole words.


     
  3. Could I ask where the letter formation jingles are from? This sounds a fun way of learning the correct formation and would fit in nicley with the L&S and talk 4 writing activities we do
    Many thanks
    Littlestones
     
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We've just adopted a new version across the school because of the handwriting problems some children are experiencing



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  5. Many thanks I think I will make an audio tape of the formation to play in the car and learn them by heart also might put acopy in the classroom for the chidlrne to enjoy as well
    littlestones

     
  6. Thank you msz. I have created a table from your list so that i can give it to my ta's . It fits onto one side of A4. WOuld you mind if i put it in resources for others to use if they find it helpful? I will note that it comes from your ideas.
     
  7. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    no problem [​IMG]
     
  8. I have just uploaded it. It's called Handwriting Jingles if anyone wants to take a look. Hope I ahve copied it ok. Thanks for your help Msz
     
  9. Have you tried the Mouse Club www.themouseclub.co.uk ? Theres a great little activity where children can write a letter to roly (well....email) and they recieve a personal reply back. Great to get them interested in constucting letters.

     
  10. Leapyearbaby64

    Leapyearbaby64 New commenter

    Communication 4 All has good letter formation things for IWB.
     

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