This is a 20-minute lesson that asks children to:
- match a handful of magnetic letters to an alphabet card
- rearrange a name puzzle
- sort pictures by initial sound (two sounds are used)
- look through a very early reader and tell what is happening on each page, chorally read the text, and then try reading it on their own with my support
- participate in a brief interactive writing task and help to write a sentence related to the letter, sound, and book tasks
|Screenshot from Alphabet Tracing app.|
After several letters she hit the back key and returned the beginning of the alphabet. This time, I could see that she was watching the train to see what direction she should move her finger. She was able to trace more than half of the letters by checking the reference and then copying it. What felt significant is that she worked independently for about 15 minutes and was very successful. When she next looked up, I asked her if she would like to try a different letter tracing app that would ask her to say the sound of the letter as she traced and the letter name. She said yes and I opened Intro to Letters (Montessori). In using this app, she learned that she needed to closely approximate the outline of the letter in order to be successful. She quickly acclimated and was saying the letter sound, name and tracing it like a pro. She worked steadily for another 15 minutes completely focused on the tasks and met with much success.
I had a letter tracing book (upper and lowercase alphabet & picture) with me and asked her if she would like me to leave it so she could practice tracing using the book. She said she would.
I am still thinking about the lesson, her response to it and her subsequent work using an iPad. I am not sure what to make of all of it, really. I will see her again this coming week and look forward to seeing what next occurs. Will keep you posted.