Since I'm not teaching anymore, I have this big old bin of books and materials that are just sitting in the crawlspace. I taught in Special Education, and most of my students functioned in about the 2-3 age range, so I decided to haul out the box and see what Abbey might like.
I found quite a few things in there, some of which will be showing up here later, but what I want to share with you today is this:
This book is full of all sorts of pre-handwriting pages. It starts with horizontal and vertical lines, and then moves onto diagonal, wavy, zig zag and letter. Abbey knows all of her letters, but she's not quite ready to start writing them yet. This will help her build those skills.
Now, we have a copier at home, but who wants to waste all that paper and ink? I thought about page protectors, but those are so flimsy. I don't really think they'll stand up to a 2 year old.
Then I found these at Big Lots:
They're clear plastic folders, and have a tab at the top to keep both sides together. They're sturdier than page protectors, too! Perfect for toddlers!
I printed off and blew up a few of the vertical and horizontal pages, and ended up with this:
The first time we did this, we used a dry erase marker, but we've discovered that crayons work just as well, and wipe off easily. If you don't love the idea of a toddler with a marker, stick with crayons!
Abbey loves it! She'll usually trace a few lines, and then move on to scribbles, but that's fine with me.
Total proud mommy moment: She only had help with one of these lines! On her first try!
Pretty darn good if you ask me! My daughter is a genius!
I think this one is a hit, how about you?