I will be working through the Handwriting Without Tears My First School Book as my source for letter sequencing. I will begin with pre-writing practice, ABC Jesus Loves Me, has some excellent pre-writing pages that are free to download. The Handwriting Without Tears My First School Book begins with drawing shapes, then moves onto a well-sequenced writing of capital letters (not in alphabet sequence, but beginning with letters that use the same lines and half circles).
In addition to focusing on letters, numbers, and shapes, I will also utilize the themed printables that I began during Preschool (2 years). These will be used in conjunction with seasons or activities or outings we will have. (For example, using Thanksgiving printables during November or using a Zoo themed pack if we will be taking a trip to the zoo.) Various Themed Printables can be found at: 1plus1plus1equals1, Homeschool Creations, andMamas Monkeys.
Also, if you don’t have a group of moms to go to for support, and for socialization for your child, try to find a local church or community center that has a play group once or twice a week.
Every Day: Each morning begins with a Bible Story (using the Betty Lukens felt set). Then it is time for the bible verses, based on the Raising Rock Stars curriculum. Then, we will recite a nursery rhyme and use PreKinder‘s color sheets to accompany. On Monday, my son will color the sheet, then I will display it on our bulletin board next to his letter of the week for us to look at each morning.
Monday: I will be creating each letter using Build-A-Letter templates (these are identical to the HWT wood pieces, but they are free to print! I printed my letters on cardstock and I cut my pieces on to foam). These help a child create the letters without writing them down. I think this is a great first step in learning to write their capital letters.
Tuesday: Children write the letter in HWT’s My First School Book, having been familiarized with it the day before with the Build-A-Letters and accompanying alphabet card.
Wednesday: Work on your letters with some handwriting worksheets from ABC Jesus Loves Me, depending on your child’s skill level. I have printed and laminated these to use with a dry or wet erase marker.
Thursday: Children love to use tactile exploration. Experiment with writing the letter in some sand, rice, use a paint bag, letter bead lacing, letters with A-Z spoons, pick a craft stick with ABCs, or with a dollop of shaving cream on a table. Be creative!
Friday: The letter craft can be as simple as you want. Cut out an M and have your child glue macaroni on it. Or draw an A outline and have your child glue or sticker on little colored apples. Totally Tots has some adorable, do-able letter-of-the-week crafts that I will try to use.