It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had to worry about doing Valentine’s cards. Sonja dropped by this morning with a little gift: a box of Disney Princess Valentine’s cards, including slots for holding princess pencils. I must say I really appreciate a non-candy coated Valentine!
We decided that addressing Valentine’s cards would be this morning’s little project. I broke out the markers (which normally are hidden away because despite being washable, Miss Halia is a terror with them). I wrote the names in the “To” part and Jade signed each and every one herself under the “From”.
I haven’t been working on writing skills with Jade at all, but I can tell by the crafts she brings home from school that her fine-motor skills are really improving. She was really enthusiastic about writing her name on each and every one of those 16 cards; I was very impressed by her stamina!
It also gave me the opportunity to show her how to make the letters correctly. She was imitating the shapes she saw, but since we haven’t been spending any time on it, didn’t really know the technique for shaping each letter. Her D’s generally looked like O’s. Or worms standing on end.
So I showed her, “One straight line down. Lift your marker. Start at the top again. Now make a big round belly for the D, so we know it’s a D.” Then I drew a dotted letter for her to trace.
Then she took up with the cards again and delighted in that D! “A big belly for the D!” she crowed. “It’s pushing the E away!”
(Funny, suddenly that D looks like a pregnant woman, crowding her poor hubby right out of bed.)