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Supporting Distance Learning for Handwriting and Letter Recognition

Supporting Handwriting and Letter Recognition at Home

Around the world, distance learning is quickly becoming the norm as schools and families navigate these unprecedented times. In fact, you might be one of the millions of families and teachers searching for ways to support student learning from your home. Resources are available at every turn, but now, more than ever, it's important to remember that not every household has access to the same resources and materials. We know the importance of providing equal opportunities for learning, and are here to make sure every child has meaningful opportunities to learn at home. 
 

Not all households have access to a computer, tablet, or even WIFI. For those families, eLearning is no longer an option. If you're looking for offline ways to promote handwriting practice and letter recognition that go beyond printouts and worksheets, see below for options. 

 

5 Fun Learning Activities for Kids at Home

Here are 5 activities that can be easily incorporated into a student’s day at home that will not only reinforce learning, but also give them a bit of much needed fun!
 

  1. Create a Paper Chain
    Cut out strips of paper with your student and every day you are home, have them write a word/sentence describing something they did that day. Share your chains with others when you return to school or via social media.
     
  2. Chalk Writing
    Draw double lines on the sidewalk/driveway and have students practice letters and numbers. You can provide a list of words each day or week that relate to content from other subjects.
  3. Play Dough Letters
    Mimic our Roll-A-Dough activity at home with play dough. See how many they can do from memory. 

    Roll-A-Dough can be used to create capitals and numbers.
     

  4. Scavenger Hunt
    Search for items that start with a specific letter OR have that letter on them. For older students, have them create a list of items they found or even write a short story incorporating 2–3 of the items. 
  5. Finger Paint
    Parents can write letters and numbers in pencil and have students trace over them using finger paint (and yes, you can use your hands). Refer to our Letter/Number formation charts to ensure proper formation.
     

Let’s make the most of our situation and help our kids find joy in learning. Happy Handwriting!

 

 

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By Maggie Layfield Maggie Layfield is a former ELA teacher from Woodstock, GA. She currently serves as a Success Manager for schools in Texas and provides curriculum guidance and instructional support. When she isn’t helping her schools, she’s chasing around her two-year-old daughter with her husband, Daniel.