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Seeking Cool Ways to Help Daughter Write Letters

Anyone have any fun methods for teaching my little girl how to write her letters? She is having a difficult time writing some of her letters and gets frustrated.

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Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for your very helpful responses. I tried the highlighter method with my daughter and it worked wonderfully. She is loving being able to write her letters on her own and I'm so proud of her. Thank you all of you :)

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Hello A.,
I do child care in my home and have been successful with the dot to dot method and I usually start with the 3 year olds.

Start with a whole line of dot to dot A's-B's and C's and leave a space under each letter. let the child do the letters by connecting the dots and on the next line try the letter on their own by looking at the dot to dot letter they completed. I praise them for every attempt. I start with 10 minute sessions and expand the time as the child gets better. I have a 5 year old in my care now that can do all ABC's, address, phone number, his whole name and birth date. Which makes me so very happy when they can do things for themselves.
Good luck. B.

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Using fingerpaint is always fun. Also making letters out of clay lets them think more of the shape of the letter than just drawing a line. When I was teacking the school had "kits" that parents could use. One thing was a set of plastice letters that the kids rolled a marbled through the letter. The letter was grooved into plastic. Also, they make paper with raised letters so the kids can feel when they have to stop on the line. Using string to form letters is fun. Drawing the letters in the sand.

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Hello A.,
I do child care in my home and have been successful with the dot to dot method and I usually start with the 3 year olds.

Start with a whole line of dot to dot A's-B's and C's and leave a space under each letter. let the child do the letters by connecting the dots and on the next line try the letter on their own by looking at the dot to dot letter they completed. I praise them for every attempt. I start with 10 minute sessions and expand the time as the child gets better. I have a 5 year old in my care now that can do all ABC's, address, phone number, his whole name and birth date. Which makes me so very happy when they can do things for themselves.
Good luck. B.

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You've received lots of great ideas! I taught elementary school and have two more ideas for you. The first one is very simple: let her use a dry erase marker to practice her letters on the bathroom mirror while you are getting ready. You write a model of the letter and she can practice. Kids love this because they get to sit on the counter and write on the mirror...it's great for mom also because it keeps her occupied while you are trying to get ready to leave!
You can also make a gel board so she can touch the letters. It's the same idea as shaving cream or sand, but it portbale so she can practice in the car without the mess. Materials you will need are a heavy duty ziplock bag(I would use gallon size for a 5 year old), see-thru packing tape, a piece of cardboard the size of your bag, DEP hair gel and a set of 5 by 7 notecards. To make the gel board put hair gel into the ziplock bag and tape the bag to the piece of cardboard leaving one of the four sides un-taped. Write the letters she is practicing on note cards with black magic marker. To use she slides a note card under the bag on the side that is not taped and traces the letter through the gel. This is also great for learning spelling words as she progresses in school. I've used gel boards with 5 year olds up to 5th grades...they love them! Hope this helps! Let us know what you try and what she likes the most! Good luck!

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A.,
Check out the following websites given to me by a nanny friend of mine, hopefully you will find some really cool stuff on there. One of my favorites is dltk-kids.com The others are do2learn.com;ourspecialkids.org/teachercontents;
siteforteachers.com/index;preschoolexpress.com/alphabet;
starfall.com;preschoolprintables.com;kidsdomain.com;
lessonplanspage.com;enchantedlearning.com

Good Luck!
J. F.

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Hi! A. My daughter who is also 5 and started kindergarten, has had problems and getting very frustrated also. I asked the teacher if she had any ideas to make it easier and I think they will be fun and help her grasp writting easier. I got the note back yesterday so we are going to work on them today. Her suggestions were to get a cookie sheet and shaving cream and have her practice with her fingers, finger paints, sand etc. can work. Write it in BOLDBLACK INK and have her trace over letters with paper on top and she can trace the letters. I am 34 and handwriting has changed alot since I was in school. She'll get it so don't worry I takes time. So much is new to them. Good Luck!!

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so funny...I thought my daughter was going to start school this year, but I guess she doesn't turn 5 in time. Anyways, we decided to start teaching her at home...starting with writting her letters.

I got a blank notbook and went through with her crayola markers and made the trainer paper (two solid lines with a dashed line running down the middle - I used up three lines of the notebook paper for this) Each page was a different letter, and everyday is a new letter day. I start her out by writting the capital letter on one line and the lower case letter on the next one down. She traces them when she needs to and I sit right there and work with her when she's having trouble.

We are now up to K. She only has to finish that one page out of the notebook, and all day we talk about words that begin with whatever the letter of the day is. When we find a word that starts with that letter we scream like the "word of the day" on PeeWees playhouse. HAHA. Anyways, she's doing great and it's good to see her develop. We have a hard time with her sometimes, but we just make sure there is a reward for finishing it that she DOES NOT get if she doesn't.

Good luck. My best advice is not to give up. Make it fun for her.

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There's so much great advice in the replies. I teach special education and have little new to offer that hasn't already been said here. My students LOVE the shaving cream writing activity and sand/rice poured onto a cookie sheet. I've also used whipped cream and pudding so we can "eat" the letters. This allows me to practice identification as well, by saying, "let's eat the "b" you made". There's also bath finger paints you can try and dry erase boards are lots of fun for kids (use different colored markers). Asking her to "help" you or someone else to write them can be motivating. Give her a model to look at and then have her write it. You "try" to copy her letter.

Good luck. I know this can be frustrating, but with practice she'll get it. Some kids just learn things at a different developmental time than others and although the (we) teachers like all kids to be fairly uniform, it's ok when they aren't! :) Just keep it light and fun so she's not turned off by the whole thing. Attitude is everything!

E.
Part-time special educator
Mother of wonderful 2 1/2 year old daughter

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My son is left handed and both my husband and I are right handed. What fun that was teaching him to write!! I found it helpful to buy paper that had the letters already written on them along with space to practice the letters. Have your little one trace the letters, then immediately have them practice them right after. It helped a lot!! There are even erasable pages you can buy...and let her pick out the erasable markers to use!! You can even try holding her hand with the pencil and assist her with the motions.

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Using fingerpaint is always fun. Also making letters out of clay lets them think more of the shape of the letter than just drawing a line. When I was teacking the school had "kits" that parents could use. One thing was a set of plastice letters that the kids rolled a marbled through the letter. The letter was grooved into plastic. Also, they make paper with raised letters so the kids can feel when they have to stop on the line. Using string to form letters is fun. Drawing the letters in the sand.

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