January 12, 2022 | Sossi Essajanian
Many skills form the foundation of various types of expression such as drawing, writing, reading pictures, and telling stories.
This work includes:
Learning right from left is a skill that supports early literacy.
Through experiences, children learn “sidedness” of their body and these become the building blocks of spatial awareness and orientation (where things are in the space around us). This leads to seeing differences in numbers, letters, and words. Distinguishing left and right also supports children’s understanding of how two objects may relate to each other.
Children learned about the four types of lines and curves that can be used to make any English letter:
The children played a mystery bag game where they pulled out a line or curve, identified it then sorted it.
A final touch: polishing them! This added another sensory experience with the lines and curves.
Working with lines and curves in these ways will help children develop handwriting skills like letter formation.
Building Mat Man supports skills like body awareness, sequencing, placement, and spacial reasoning.
Mat Man also provides a blue-print for drawing a person. After using lines and curves to build Mat Man, children can use the model to accurately portray the human body.
Children used their knowledge of lines and curves to build the letters of their names… and even names of people in their family!
H has a little line. I’m going to do the little line first. Little line, big line, big line!
Finally the children worked on their fine motor skills while forming letters of their name. Since they knew all the names of the lines and curves, they then learned how to use them for form and directionality.
How do you draw an E?
Big line down
Frog jump to Smiley
Little line across the top
Little line across the middle
Little line across the bottom!