This is the progression we like to follow when learning to write letters:
- Fill a printed block letter with objects or stickers.
- Create the letter using straight or curvy objects from around the house.
- Use small manipulatives to make the letter.
- Write the letter using a finger.
- Use handwriting pages in three levels of difficulty.
We got out some Bendaroos that my Four received for his birthday and made a letter O with these flexible, waxy sticks.
I remembered that we had a small olive jar left in the fridge, so my Five made the letter O with olives. You could also use oranges, but they were most definitely not in season when we did the letter O, and I couldn’t see paying big bucks for a bag of summer oranges just for this post!
I put dry oats on a baking sheet, and my Four and Five took turns writing the letter with a finger.
My Four worked at my simplest handwriting pages: Letters of All Sizes. He was a bit grumpy, complaining that it was “too easy” but then wasn’t able to stay inside the lines when he finally got started. I did insist he practice the larger letters, but I let him quit when the letters became smaller. I don’t push letter writing too much until my kids are close to kindergarten. He still has over a year. Get your copy by visiting this post.
Sometimes my just-turned-Four does these Level Two handwriting pages, but this time he wasn’t interested. My Five completed the letter O page instead.
My Five also completed my Level Three handwriting page. You can find the entire set in this post.