Each week, when a new letter is introduced, the teacher invites each child to come up and try to print the letter on the dry erase board. The teacher begins by printing a capital and lower case letter on the board first – she identifies each letter as she is writing them for the children to see.
Then each child comes up and takes a turn to print the letter. The children in this class really look forward to their turn to try and make the letter. This week they were writing the letter “O”.
The teacher doesn’t really use this time as an instruction on letter writing – she simply invites the children to explore the letter and the writing process freely without any correction or concern for whether it actually turns out looking like the letter or not.
It always gets more challenging to find a place to write the letter once the board gets all filled up but the children actually like the challenge of finding a space to print the letter. It makes it more of a game and takes away the worry of making perfect letter formations.
Once all the children have had a turn printing the letter, then the teacher sets the board up so they can see it throughout the day. Then she extends the learning experience by reading a book that also has the letter “O”.
Reading aloud to young children is an important part of building their interest in writing as well as expanding their knowledge in language and literacy.
Who knew that the letter O could be so fun to explore!