The tactile experience (touching a letter with your finger) is important for building a memory trace.
This enables students to acquaint the name of each letter with a visual representation for the letter sound. For a child who is struggling with their letters, the sooner they can integrate the sound of the letter with what it looks like, the sooner their writing contains more meaning for them.
For this activity, we talked about the letters in the word ROCK, particularly the letter R. Throughout the week, your little one has learned how mountains are made up of rocks, so we focused many of our circle times and writing activities around this word.
Using clay, and rocks, students composed Rs out of clay and then placed rocks into them. Upon finishing, we admired the many wonderful Rs that we created!