- To help a child identify the sounds represented in graphic form.
- To teach a child the correct writing direction of the letter shapes.
3-4 years old
While children are still in their tactile stage of development, Sandpaper Letters are integral multi-sensory learning tool.
A Possible Order:
Introduce letters/sounds in an order that emphasizes the difference in their physical construction, as well as sound. For example, "b" should not follow "d" because of their physical similarity, and "a" should not follow "e" because of their sound similarity.
- Invite on child to a table
- Select three distinct letters that are easy to sound out, e.g. "m", "a" and "s"
- Place one letter in front of yourself; slowly and lightly trace it three times with your tow primary fingers
- Say the sound at the end of each training
- Ask the child to repeat your demonstration. (Remind the child to trace very lightly, if necessary.)
- Repeat the procedure with the second and third letters.
- Arrange all three letters in front of the child. Conduct a Three Period Name Lesson which include the child tracing the letters.