Kindergarten Student Who has Trouble Writing Letters (s, e, j, i, k, g)

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  1. sjanew15

    sjanew15 Rookie

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    Hi everyone.

    I have a native german speaking kindergarten ENL student who has trouble writing the letters s, e, j, i, k, and g. She writes her s backwards, her e as a circle with a slash through it (like the English null sign), she cannot write the letter k, and she can't distinguish between the letters j and g. She also has trouble writing a straight line to produce an i. What are some strategies I can use to help her write these letters?
    I have tried having her write letters by connecting the dots, but she isn't advanced enough to do that yet. I am already thinking of using color coordinated dot stickers as roadmaps to help her form her letters and write words correctly. Any other suggestions? I plan on using these in class within the next two weeks.
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Multi sensory approach:
    Sand paper letters
    Shaving cream
    Tracing letters in sand
    Making letters out of play dough
    Tracing letters on sheet protectors with wipe off markers.
     
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    We did tracing letters on sheet protectors with wipe off markers this week. A multi-sensory approach might work better, because she does write some letters backwards, as if she doesn't know the steps to forming them.
     
  5. Tasha

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    I would back it up to building fine motor skills. Play dough, water color painting, practice making different kinds of lines (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, zig zag, etc...) with markers (on paper or whiteboards) and those kinds of things are what I would work on. Then try making the letters again. I also like the app Letter School.
     

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