Have you ever tried to help a child write the letter e? They often make them upside down, backwards or in parts. They make many strokes like they are drawing the letter instead of writing it. While using the program Handwriting Without Tears I was introduced to the saying “Hit the ball and run around the bases” for remembering how to write the lowercase letter e. It has made a huge difference in developing the writing of that letter.
S: "It is a little big."
Me: "So, what do you think your next goal should be?"
S: Looking at me puzzled.
(So I questioned him through it.)
Me: "I heard you say the e was too big, so what would you like it to be?"
S: "I would like it to be smaller?"
Me: "So, do you think making the e smaller next week should be your goal?"
S: "Yes, that should be my goal for next time?"
The next week we practiced tracing the e as a reminder of the correct path. He then wrote his name and that e was smaller without any reminders. Another goal achieved and another celebration.
My big AHA! Was he noticed the e being bigger than the other letters in his name. I am not sure what he has been working on in his classroom, but the thing I was excited about was his self_reflecting. He is in the beginning months of kindergarten and is able to self-reflect. That is a strength on which we we can build.
April Padalino and Cyndi Dull
We are educational coaches with a passion for learning and empowering students, parents, and educators to Bring Education to Life.