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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Februrary HWT

I am very sorry I didn't get these letters out to the followers sooner. I'm having trouble keeping up with the quick passage of time. I think it has to do with trying to work on registration for the school along with my usual tasks.

Anyway, here are the letters the Pre-K children will be working on in February with their Handwriting Without Tears program. The children will be working on four letters this month as long as the weather cooperates. They are Pp, Bb, Rr, and Kk. That brings the total number of letters for the year to thirteen--halfway through.

I thought I would share with you a basic HWT practice that I am going to involve my three-year-olds in more this month. Are you ready? Play dough rolling. Yes, very easy, very basic, and very helpful. The Pre-K children practice making the letters of the alphabet with rolled play dough. I have been a few odds and ends with play dough rolling, but nothing formal. Many of the children still have difficulty.

Play dough rolling helps children build strength in their fingers and hands, helping to make handwriting easier. My plan is to have them do rolling and instead of making letters with them we will be doing shapes, and horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. Just a precursor to the next level. Let's see how it goes.

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