EASY Letter Formation Activity

Here is an idea that I started this year for my daughter here at home.

My daughter L-O-V-E-S books of all types, but especially the books we make together. I turn anything and everything into a book for her. I used to cut out pictures of babies faces from catalogues and glue them in a scrap book for her when she was just a baby - she loved looking at other babies faces, and would squeal with delight as we looked through the scrapbooks together. I have stapled her drawings together to make books, and I scribe a story to go along with the pictures. One of her favourites is looking through photo albums. I made many for her as a toddler, with photos of family members and names written on each page. It helped her learn all the family names and develop her language and speech.

Recently, I combined some cheap mini photo albums from the dollar shop with flashcards to create write-n-wipe books for her.

I love me some write-n-wipe activities!

For the uninitiated, write-n-wipe activities see your students using dry erase markers to trace or write on laminated or plastic covered cards. They can then be wiped clean and used again.

Despite being LOADS of fun, write-n-wipe cards are great for students who may be struggling to connect with writing in meaningful ways. Using markers is particularly important for struggling students, as little pressure had to be exerted to achieve a good line. Almost 100% of their attention could then be left to focus on the actual formation of the letter, the directionality, shape and slope of the lines. For these students, pencils and crayons can inhibit their learning potential.

I throw a set of whiteboard markers into my grocery trolley every couple of weeks to replenish my classroom supply. I love the sort that have a little felt eraser on the top of the lid - ready for the wiping.

Create Write-n-wipe books

  • Start with a little photo album..

  • Then, get all those boxes of commercially produced flashcards that you have lying around and have NEVER used (I know you have them too!)
  • Then, slide a card into each album pouch..
  • This set that I used had great 'blackline' pictures on the back of each card... If you don't have this on your cards, the coloured side will be just fine... students can trace over the coloured letter or number just as well.

  • Now... your students can write-n-wipe each page.

Not only can you make use of all those flashcards (seriously I have 3 boxes full, and almost tossed them in the recycling bin last year) but by keeping the cards in an album, they will be all nice and tidy, easily transported and require very little set up and pack away effort!

We do offer a printable letter formation write-n-wipe cards set on TpT and at our website. These ones can be printed, cut and laminated or popped in the mini book!

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