Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome to the new KinderLit Blog...

We hope you like our new look!  We haven't been posting on our old blog lately, knowing that this one was in the works! Danielle from CrayonBox Learning has done a fantastic job creating this happy, colorful blog!  Be sure to check out her blog by clicking on her link on the right side of this page or her Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that we're still learning about social media and this blogging thing!  We'll do our best to post ideas and photos of Lisa's classroom (and an occasional quilt from Linda!) while giving you some helpful tips.  
Did you know that we are also on Pinterest?  Yes, we did figure that one out!  We have our books and station activities on our KinderLit page where you can see the covers of most of our products.  We even have a board with sample pages from the inside of our literature-based KinderLit books.  Check us out and follow us on Pinterest!
 We're Learning To Write Our Names
Our students usually arrive on the first day without knowing the proper way to write their names or to form the letters correctly.  Lisa's class has begun to practice name writing at stations using the technique that Math Their Way uses for teaching number writing.  

Each child has a laminated card that Lisa made using purple and green markers for each letter with a black dot for the starting point of each letter.  The first stroke of the letter is written with the purple marker and the finishing stroke with the green one.  

The cards are kept in a pocket chart so the children can find them easily when they rotate to that station.  They also need a sheet of dry wax bakery paper which we buy at Sam's Club in a box of 500 and a vis-a-vis marker. 

The children slip their name cards under the top of the dry wax paper and trace their names 4 times while saying "Purple Green" for each letter.  They do not stop to change markers when the color of the letter changes! 

When they are finished, their card goes back in the pocket chart and they take their dry wax paper home with them.  

The children think they are doing magic!  But they really do learn to write their names with proper letter formation! 

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