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Old 03-30-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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I teach young 4's to write their names.

I have been teaching the children to use one capital and the rest lowercase letters, but my director prefers all capital letters, although she is willing to let me continue as I have been.

Do you kindergarten teachers have a preference?


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Your director is an idiot. Our preschool used to teach students to write their names in all capitals because they said the capital letters were easier to learn/write developmentally. Sure, but that doesn't mean you teach children to write something incorrectly! Especially since many of our kids were in preschool for 2 years, it was an extremely hard habit for them to break and we had to waste a lot of time reteaching the correct way. After years of complaints they finally started teaching them to write their names correctly last school year.
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Old 03-31-2019, 11:31 AM
 
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Well, if they learn in all caps then we have to reteach them. Please keep doing it your way!
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Your director is an idiot.
Haley23 hit it on the head! Keep doing what you know is right. And we K teachers thank you!
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Agree with pp
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No to capitals! Learning lowercase letters is so much more useful.


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This is off topic slightly, but I think you would do your students more good by teaching them to recognize lowercase letters and not bother with writing. I don't even give my Kinders pencils til October. Have them feel the shape using sand paper cut outs, "draw" the LC letters in gel bags, sand trays, that kind of thing.
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That would not fly in my district, by Christmas the are writing paragraphs in K.

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This is off topic slightly, but I think you would do your students more good by teaching them to recognize lowercase letters and not bother with writing. I don't even give my Kinders pencils til October. Have them feel the shape using sand paper cut outs, "draw" the LC letters in gel bags, sand trays, that kind of thing.
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That would not fly in my district, by Christmas the are writing paragraphs in K.
I'm responding to a PreK teacher. And paragraphs by December in K is hardly appropriate to most Ks.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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I actually teach 3 year olds who go on to the PreK room next.

I do teach the children to recognize and name lowercase letters and their sounds (as well as capitals, of course). I love using the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD and Heidisongs letters and sounds CD to achieve this.

Because I have the whole gamut of 3 year olds this year, ranging from just turned 3 to about to turn 4, I only teach them to write their names, and that starts when each child turns 3 1/2. However, I also do have them write on the whiteboard just before they each line up to go outside. They copy my letter of the week (actually one letter every 2 weeks) on the board as I hold their hands and position the marker. They say the name and sound, too. It's the only way I can be sure they form the letters correctly. Finding time for 1:1 work is pretty hard, so this is my solution.

I used to use my sandpaper letters all the time. I think I will get them out for the incoming class! Thanks for the reminder.

And thanks to all who responded. I will continue to do as I have in the past. Thanks for the support.
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