I decided to purchase some Montessori materials like Sandpaper Letters, sand with a tray for Sandwriting and Chalkboard with lines on it. I keep a sand with a tray on a higher shelf not to be spilled everywhere.
I want to tell you my reasons for all these purchases.
1. For Eaton the best way to teach is to present the same topic from different perspective. The subject shown that way is remembered by Eaton much quicker. The same I applied to handwriting. I didn't want Eaton to be bored with tracing letters only. Trying different methods: drawing letters on a chalkboard, tracing letters on the sand and tracing them on sandpaper letters give him opportunity to be engaged into handwriting. I wanted him to experience handwriting using different materials and have fun with that.
2. When we switched tracing words from bigger font to smaller one Eaton started to be more precise but at the same time he started to press a pen down to a paper a lot during tracing. Then he started to be frustrated when he went over the tracing line. I wanted him to feel the move of particular letter in a smooth way and I think that Sandwriting is perfect for that.
3. Also, Montessori materials were always appreciated by Eaton. He likes most of them I purchased so far.
4.Because I decided to teach Eaton cursive writing Montessori Sandpaper Letters and Moveable Alphabet (for spelling use) are perfect to show him the use of cursive writing.
I don't see any objections about Cursive so far. He doesn't ask or he is not against learning cursive. When I show him cursive words he doesn't have a problem to read. The only problem he has is the Capital letter G and Z. It looks a little bit funny and capital Z looks like Russian Z, but Eaton doesn't know that because we didn't start Russian yet.
One more purchase I made for handwriting was this Magna Board and I can't tell you how Eaton loves these small magnetic balls inside each letter. He is fascinated by them.
The only thing is that when you trace a letter and you have a loop inside the magnetic pen triggers other balls on the other side of the loop or when the letter is more complicated in the sense when there are many overlapping lines like cursive "h", "z","k" or "f". But the activity itself is awesome. When you start to trace the magnet is pulling those tiny balls inside letters pretty strong and because of that the pen stays almost attached to the board. It's a very cool feeling of attracting and great hand coordination activity. So overall I'm very pleased with that board. After you trace those tiny balls stays up and you need to push them down manually. Another fun activity for Eaton.
Here is a video of me using that board.
This is Eaton's first "a" on a chalkboard.
We don't pay attention to lines on a chalkboard yet. The point is to know the way letter "a" should go.
Here is Eaton working with his sandpaper letter "o".
Eaton - working on Sandwriting
Handwriting activity is pretty short so far. More of the time is taken by creating racetracks ;-) I try not to force him to do stuff for longer period of time if he doesn't want to. Eventually I believe he will be more focused on doing his work.