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Would someone be willing to share the descriptions used when teaching students the strokes for writing letters. I think this was posted here this summer, but I cannot put my finger on it now.


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are you referring to handwriting without tears vocabulary?
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How to describe what I'm doing?
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Well, we don't have a specific curriculum. I am new to K, and I was trying to come up with some catchy phrases to say while I model for my students how to make a letter.
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I like the ones that Fountas and Pinnell use.
Old 10-05-2009, 06:42 AM
 
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They are in the F & P Phonics Book. Check also the Guided Reading Book and Interactive Writing Book....
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Be consistent
Old 10-05-2009, 09:44 AM
 
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If you don't already have a curriculum in place that tells you what to call the moves, I don't think it will matter as long as you are consistent each time.

I teach SpEd so my kids are still learning (or re-learning) the basics at times and have had several different teachers. I may call the back stroke of the d or b a "tall back" and have a student say "Mrs. So-and-so call that a tip top letter" or whatever.

Of course, some of my kids get caught up in the "correct" formation of the letters to the point that it interferes with their reading attempts. If the a, g, q, or y especially is formed differently, they let that distract them.


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letter poems
Old 10-05-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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from little giraffes:
ABC Letter Formation Poems







A - Pull down twice from the point to the top. Add a seat to view the apple crop.

a - First make a round apple to eat, then a slide for an ant when he's finished his treat!

B - Big old B has a tall straight back and two big bellies 'cause he just ate a snack!

b - Draw a straight back just like me. Don't forget to add a belly for b.

Cc - Cars can cruise down curvy c. Stop near the ground- that's it you see!

D - Down to the ground, then take a break. Half a circle is what you'll make.

d - First you make a dime to spend. Go way up high then down to the end.

E - Pull straight down for capital E. Then add some shelves 1, 2, 3.

e - A little line start off e. Add a plate for an egg- here's breakfast for me!

F - Big F is a tall flower for you. E has three lines, F has two.

f - This flower grows tall and hangs a little. Add a line right in the middle.

G - Big round circle but don't go too far. Add a garage to park your car!

g - A garden starts with a little seed. The roots grow down that's all you need!

H- Make two lines, high to low. Connect the lines so they can say hello!

h - First start high then take a jump. Little h has a little hump.

I - Big I starts with one side of a door. All it needs is a roof and a floor.

i - Little i goes down, it's an ice cream treat. Add a sprinkle on top and it's ready to eat.

J - Jumping jack J jumps up and down and then curls up. Jack needs a hat 'cause he likes to dress up!

j - Little j is so thin and lean. Jump way down, then add a jellybean!

Kk - K and k have three lines as you can see: a tall straight back and a sideways v.

L - Pull down a line and add a lap. Lie down, lazy! It's time for a nap!

l - Little l looks like a number one. Just draw a line and you are done!

M - Go down, hit the ground, then draw a V. Down to the ground again big M is two mountains for me.

m - Go down, hit the ground then get ready for bumps. Little m is easy to write, just add two humps.

N - Stick a nail in the ground and slant another one right. Add a third pointing up and say �nighty-night�!

n - Go down, hit the ground and your almost done. Little m has two humps, n has only one!

Oo - Oh yum! An orange to eat! Nice and round, it's a healthy treat.

P - Pull down your pencil, then pick it up off the ground. Add a half a penny, nice and round.

p - Pop on down and then up, you see. Finish it off with a little pea!

Q - Big Q is a round quarter to spend. Add a line when you're at the end.

q - A fancy queen with a little pearl. Give q's hair a special curl.

R - First draw a line and then a rainbow. Add a ramp and you're ready to go!

r - Go straight down, then race on back. r has an arm, like a little rack.

Ss - Silly S and s, those slippery snakes. Twisty, turny, ready to shake!

T - Big T is a big tall tree. Add a fort at the top so you can see.

T - Little t is a little tree. Add a fort in the middle for you and me!

U - Big U is just like a cup. Start by going down and then curve up.

U - Curve down and up, then down once more. Little u is a cup that's ready to pour.

V v - Slant down first then up like so. This upside-down volcano is ready to blow!

W w - W and w have two pointy waves. Swim in the water if you're brave!

X x - A criss and a cross and in case you forgot, where is the treasure? X marks the spot!

Y - Capital Y has a V in the air. The pole at the bottom holds it there.

Y - Slant down right, down to the ground. Slant down left and take it underground.

Z z - Zigzag Z and z are easy, you see. Just zig a zag - 1, 2, 3!













little giraffes.com has letter formation poems - i also love heidisongs - most of hers a great! She has the words posted on her site for free, but her cd is worth it!!
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