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Letter Writing Practice Lately, I have been analysing trends in the progression of Language lessons as they pertain to individual

students as well as the class as a whole. For example, my students typically LOVE working with the Sandpaper Letters, but sometimes begin to lost interest beyond the Moveable Alphabet. On one hand, this makes it challenging to identify when to present writing practice on the sand and other subsequent lessons. On the other hand, the children are excited to begin writing practice on sand, but I feel that they need more opportunities for practice before moving to writing on paper. Usually, their interest wanes with the sand before they are ready for paper. As a result, the paper for writing practice loses its intended purpose as it becomes sand letters. Let it be known that I believe there is nothing inherently wrong with doodling - in fact is a necessary pre-writing skill. In the context of the progression of writing lessons with the Montessori materials, however, I believe the writing paper should be reserved for writing - the child who is doodling can be guided to an art activity or other lessons which foster that intuitive movement. In the classroom, I have found that writing practice can easily fall to the wayside. As a response to these observed trends, I decided to make a few materials to "fill in the gaps." One of the first materials I've made to allow more opportunities for self-directed letter writing practice are these sand letters. In the making letter writing practice on sand. These will be introduced to a student who has already practiced writing on the sand and some paper work. I simply feel this type of activity provides a meaningful point of interest (it's something different and new), while allowing more independent practice for forming letters. This set of letters will be introduced a child who has not only worked with the Moveable Alphabet, but also has had plenty of writing practice on the sand. This idea came to me as I was making the letters on sand, so I am approaching this aspect of writing practice as somewhat of an experiment and will assess the impact on learning once I'm able to make observations of the materials in use. And while I was at it, I went ahead and made some shapes for name writing and number writing practice, too!

Letters shape for name writing practice.

These are longer than the letter shape to

accommodate longer names and repetition next to the names. The number writing shapes will be for the student who has been introduced to the Sandpaper Numbers and has had practice writing numbers on the sand and paper. Hopefully, these materials will allow ample opportunities for independent writing practice while maintaining interest. I also have plans for some additional writing activities which I'll be sharing in the future.