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Letter Forms

April 14, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Before the Easter break, the children began to show more interest in letters and writing. They noticed the written signs on the classroom walls and looked carefully at the words on the front of their Lenten journal. When we returned to school there was available new, independent activities related to letters.

Magnetic letter builders reinforce letter recognition, strengthen fine motor control, and develop letter building skills. All disguised as a fun game!

We introduced only the first letters of the names of the children in our class. Most children started with their own initial, before also building their friends’ letters. To do this the child distinguishes between the straight and curved lines, and two sizes, to choose the pieces needed to form each letter.

Similar wooden pieces were open for play at the easel.

The children worked in pairs at a challenging, alphabet jigsaw puzzle. At first they were overwhelmed by the number of pieces in the puzzle.

With a few words of advice about the shape of the crocodile and matching the letters, they succeeded!

What letters is your child recognizing around your home or outside?

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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