“BAM!” That’s my over-the-top announcement for the start spot when I teach kids how to write a letter.
It’s important to emphasize where you start a letter. It helps your kids to remember the start spot!
When demonstrating how to form a letter, make a big deal of the start spot of the letter. The kids will notice when you make big changes with your sound and actions. “BAM!” it’s so easy to remember! “BAM!” The sound is familiar and fun!
The Start Spot of a letter is the exact spot where you put your pencil down to start writing the letter.
One of the most common errors I see when children write is that they start their letters at the bottom.
Starting all of the letters in the correct spot is an important part of developing automaticity in writing.
Automaticity occurs when a child is able to quickly and easily write letters, words, and sentences without giving a thought to how to form the letters.
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There’s even a Start Spot Assessment on pages 10-11. Pages 12-13 are there as a reference and practice page (perfect to send home to parents!)