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Aids to Beautiful Handwriting

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Material

Sand tray.
Chalk and chalk board.
Blue and green chalk boards. 
Lined rug and underlay. 

Presentation

Sandpaper Letters to Sand Tray 
  1. Invite the child to the lesson, ask him to bring the sand tray.  
  2. Ask the child to bring three sandpaper letters.  
  3. Flip all but one letter of his choosing over.  
  4. Trace the sandpaper letters a few times.  
  5. Ask the child to do it.  
  6. Trace the sandpaper letter, then write the letter on the table 
  7. Ask the child to do it.  
  8. Trace the sandpaper letter, then write the letter in the air.  
  9. Ask the child to do it. 
  10. Remove the lid from the sand tray.  
  11. Place the lid on the floor. 
  12. Trace the sandpaper letter, then write the letter in the sand. 
  13. Carefully lift the tray just enough. 
  14. Give it a small shake to smooth the sand.  
  15. Ask child if he wants to shake the tray.  
  16. Ask child to trace the sandpaper letter and write the letter in the sand. 
  17. Repeat this process for the other letters.  
Sandpaper Letters to Chalk Board 
  • Follow the same procedure as the above presentation, except you are now writing with chalk on a board instead of tracing your finger in the sand. You don’t need to write the letter on the table in the air, you can instead just focus on tracing the sandpaper letter and writing it with chalk. 
Blue & Green Boards 
  • These boards are to show the similarities of letters. 
Writing on a Lined Rug with Movable Alphabet 
  • On a small felt underlay that has a shaded part to fir the body of the letters as well as dashed lines that act as markers for the ascenders and descenders, show the child how to use it to gain a better understanding of the placement of letters. 
  • On a lined rug that has stitching, show the child how to use the movable alphabet to place letters neatly on a line.  

Notes

Finer sands make for better results when tracing in the sand tray. 

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