Last week we wrapped up our apple unit in my classroom. In addition to all of the usual apple activities, I took the opportunity to work the apple theme in to my math and handwriting lessons. In math, my students are working on counting and number recognition. Most of my students can easily count objects and recognize numbers 0-10. Writing the numbers, however, is a completely different story.
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Some of those numerals (like 5 and 8) are so difficult and confusing for my kindergarten students. I always teach proper formation using “The Numeral Song” by Dr. Jean. Using the song as our guide, my students practice writing numbers in the air and on their personal whiteboards. I created the Apple Number Writing Book as a tool to provide students with guided practice in writing their numerals.
Every page in the book provides two lines of practice space for the featured numeral. A black dot prompts students to begin in the correct location. A few dashed numbers are provided so students can practice and “teach their fingers” how to correctly print the numbers.
The dashed tracing numbers are a great help, but some students still need a little extra guidance. Number 8 continues to be a challenge for a few of my students. Dr. Jean uses the expression “make an S and close the gate”, but some of my kinders get lost in the loop and need some help writing an S. For those struggling students, I used a yellow marker to write the S for them. Those children were able to trace my S and easily “close the gate” without any confusion.
By the way, fine motor development is also a significant part of my kindergarten classroom. Especially forming a proper pencil grip. Several of my students are still learning how to hold a pencil correctly. I purchased a few sets of The Pencil Grip Crossover from Amazon and they are working wonders with my students. The grips are squishy and gel-like so my students really enjoy using them. In their mind, the kids think they have some type of toy on their pencils. These grips have been well worth the money!
Download a FREE Copy of the Apple Number Writing Book
This book to help students learn proper number formation while they read about apples in available for FREE in my TpT store. Click the cover image below to download the Apple Number Counting Book!