The Letter J in Dots (helping my son with writing)

Mar 17, 2013 by

The Letter J in Dots

By Shara Lawrence-Weiss

My literacy experiments continue…

During some of our more structured times of learning, I sometimes use dry erase wipe boards (menus) with my kids.


My son has been struggling with letters, sounds, words, using writing tools, etc. We had him assessed for a speech delay last year (just after he turned four) but were told, “It’s okay. This is nothing serious. Things will improve over time if you work with him.” So we have been doing lots of singing, chatting about letters, collecting sticks and more.

I noticed, during our structured times, that if I put dots onto the dry erase surface and write his name myself, above that, he has an easier time following along:

wipe board menu

He traces the dots:

dot to dot name

Now, as a part of my Littering the Environment (with literacy) project, I have been placing paper, pens, crayons, pencils, scissors and more on the kitchen table. The kids can go over, at will, to create things. Today my kids spent a great deal of time at the table writing, coloring, drawing and cutting. My son came over to show me one of the things he created and said, “This one is for you, mom!”

Take a look at this. No one helped him. That’s a mighty fine looking J, isn’t it? He said, “I made it in dots, mom, just like you do.” Ha. His six year old sister asked, “Mom. Did he make that all by himself?” She was quite impressed and when he overheard her asking me that he ran over to hug me. I’ll go put this on the Art Net now. It’s filling up nicely!

Letter J (2)

About the Author

Shara is a mother of four and has a background in early childhood, education, freelance, small business ownership and nanny work. She is a Special Education Paraprofessional (K-5th). Shara is especially interested in social emotional development, literacy, play, nature, fostering community and cultivating creativity. In addition to writing for her own sites, Shara currently writes for Wikki Stix, Southern Sitters and Nannies, Market Mommy and more.


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