The kids were now ready for our songs. We sang Where do you Start Your Letters? to start, which I mentioned in Week #3 post. This song reminds the students that all letters start at the top, it teaches a top down approach and also helps to encourage some body awareness, as they learn about top, middle, and bottom. When you are done reading this post, get out a pen. Now, make 5 lines top to bottom and then 5 lines bottom to top, as fast as you can. Which were more efficient and neater? The top to bottom lines, right? Getting children in this habit young will provide benefits for years, even when carrying over to learning cursive writing. The Apple Kids already get it, you don't start at the bottom :)
Next, I introduced a new song; Tap, Tap, Tap! We focused on holding 2 big lines while following the directions to the song. During Tap, Tap, Tap, the kids consistently sing about the "big lines" they are holding while motor planning directions. They need to have body awareness when touching big lines to their toes and their nose, muscle control and proprioceptive awareness tapping loudly and then softly, and good auditory processing to follow directions. They were amazing!!
I then held up each of the 4 various wooden pieces singing and then having the kids repeat. There's that repetition again!
Michelle: "I'm holding a big line" …..little line, big curve, little curve
Apple Kids: "I'm holding a big line"
Michelle: "In my hands"
Apple Kids: "In my hands"
Lastly, we went around the circle and each child told me exactly how to make the first letters in their name using the Handwriting Without Tears® vocabulary. They visualized the letter in their mind and then explained where to start (the top ;) followed by what wooden pieces to use, phenomenal! I can't wait for Week #5! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are thinking about ordering any materials for home.