The idea of having my child write the letter “A” over and over for practice is boring and monotonous. I hated that type of handwriting practice when I was in school. The other thing I recall hating was writing lists of words. I had purchased a reading / phonics curriculum, perhaps a bit too early, that fit my secular approach as well as my hands on approach. At least, I thought so. I was wrong. How can I encourage handwriting practice without it being overbearing and have meaning? A journal! At a friend’s suggestion, she now draws pictures to go along with the sentence. I write the sentence for her (modeling) and she traces it. Then she draws her picture and colors if desired. And, a journal is an amazing and organic way to teach sight words.
What better way is there to get a kid interested in writing than writing all about themselves?