Handwriting r n m 11.5.20
This week we are going to practise the letters that start at the top and always go down first, then come straight back up the same line before going over to the right. The letters are r n m.
Dance to warm up your hands, arms and shoulders.
‘If Animals Danced’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ePPeUbwSs
Choose one or two activities to warm up the hands
If you have some playdough or anything you can squash or squeeze like a small soft ball or soft toy, do some hands exercises to the ‘5 Dinosaurs’ song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RPfXDEjir4&t=25s
Finger aerobics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VpARNgbb8c
Ball Walking – place a ball at the bottom of a wall. Ask your child to make the ball roll up the wall using their hands. Keep going until it reaches as high as their shoulders then walk it back down without the ball falling. Also try walking the ball across the wall (to the right or left) once it is rolled up to shoulder height. Encourage your child to work slowly with control.
Practise letter shapes in the air
Watch all letters being written correctly on this film. Join in by writing the letters in the air. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYYSBProJH4
Look at these letters r n m to see where to start each letter (look for the pencil) and say the rhymes with your child so they know which direction to move in. Make the letter shapes in the air as you practise saying the letter rhymes. Start off making the letters really big in the air, then gradually make them smaller.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME SHORT CLIPS OF THESE LETTERS BEING WRITTEN, WITH THE RHYMES, ON A TAPESTRY OBSERVATION CALLED 'Handwriting 11.5.20 r n m’
Practise writing the letters. Use pencils, pens, chalk on the pavement or crayons. Or sprinkle a thin layer of flour on a tray or table and practise the letters in this. If using the flour, your child could hold a cotton bud or a pencil upside down to write with.
Next draw lines for your child to write on. Show them how to position the letters all sitting on the line.
When the letters are written correctly every time, write some words with these letters such as or, ran, nan, nine, mum. In handwriting, children can copy letters and words because they are just focussing on writing the letters correctly and neatly, not the spelling.
Attached below are some pencil control activity sheets. If you are unable to print them, you could draw similar shapes and lines with a pencil for your child to trace over with a coloured pencil or felt tip, or you could make the shapes and lines in the air for your child to copy.