We are using our word cards to practice writing this week. I wrote earlier about how I love the collection of sight words from Erudition (we’re giving a game of theirs away this week). The words have been incredibly helpful! You can easily make your own cards, but I love that they did the work for me. Now I can set my daughter up on the floor with our tracing tray and she can practice writing with relatively little assistance.
To make your tracing tray:
We used a cookie sheet and I have wheat berries lying about. We love fresh baked bread! I poured a cup or two of wheat berries on the cookie tray. If you don’t have wheat you can use glitter, sprinkles, old spices, dirt, flour, etc. I just like how easy the wheat berries are to clean up.
To practice writing words:
We got our word cards out and picked a word. I began by writing the word at first for my preschooler. After I wrote it she would trace where I wrote. She picked a new card and we would write the new word. Then I began giving her her own words to write. She did a great job!
After a few cycles of cards on the tracing tray, my gal began writing with a marker on computer paper. If your kids are anything like mine, they will go through a lot of paper with this method! I really should laminate a piece of cardboard to save the trees!