December 9, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian
Although the children have been drawing, writing, reading pictures, and hearing stories at school, this week the Sky Class did explicit practice with some building blocks of handwriting and literacy.
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) that lead 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.
(Check out this site for more details about handedness.)
English letters and number can be formed using four types of lines:
Children explored these as wooden shapes through different activities and tactile experiences. Working with these will help children develop handwriting skills like letter formation.
After they learned the names for the lines and curves, the children played a mystery bag game. They pulled out a line or curve, identified it then sorted it.
Finally, they counted to see how many were in each group and labeled the total with the corresponding numeral. Some even put them in size order.
Literacy and numeracy go hand in hand!
Children also used cloths to polishing the lines and curves, offering another sensory experience to learn more about these letter building blocks.
Children then took their knowledge of lines and curves to build Mat Man. It supports readiness skills like body awareness, sequencing, placement, and spacial reasoning. Mat Man also provides a structure for drawing a person.
Where do your arms connect to your body?
From your shoulders.
Where do your legs connect to your body?
From your hips.