Another center book my student's enjoy is our Alphabet Recognition & Fine Motor Skills book. This book helps the kids work on recognizing capital and lowercase letters and also on strengthening small hands. The great thing about these books is that once they are made they last all year and the kids can work at their own pace each time they get them out. Some will finish 1 page each time and some will finish 3.
On the first page of this book there is a capital letter with dots on it at the top. The kids use alphabet craft punches and construction paper to punch out and glue 1 matching letter for each dot on the letter. The bottom of the paper contains a variety of letters. The kids use daubers to mark each letter that matches the focus letter. (On the A page they would find all the capital A's and lowercase a's and mark them.)
On the second page there is a lowercase letter with dots. Again, the kids punch out and glue 1 matching letter for each dot on the letter. The bottom of the page contains a variety of letters to trace. The kids use pens or markers to trace the letter that matches the focus letter. (So on each page they would trace the capital and lowercase a's.)
The book then repeats itself with each letter of the alphabet. Once the glue on the page dries the kids can also trace the letter and enjoy the tactile feel of the letter. This book lasts all year in our centers and offers enough variety that the kids use it all year without getting bored.
We keep the craft punches and construction paper in tubs that the kids can easily carry to their work station.
I've recently added this book to TPT. If you are interested in looking at it click HERE.
Where did you find those alphabet craft punches, I love them! Do your students have difficulty working the punches?ReplyDelete
Michael's has them. Don't forget your 40% off coupon!Delete
Yep, Michael's! =)Delete
I wouldn't say the have "trouble" using them but it is a learning experience for them and it does take time to strengthen those little fingers. It gets easier for them every time as does manipulating those little pieces of paper. It's great to watch their strength and dexterity grow through the year.
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