Our free letter L tracing worksheets make the challenging task of learning to write letters a lot easier using tracing.
We hope the bumpy ride of growing feels enjoyable with our fun vibrant pictures. We chose animals as we notice more engagement and more smiles!
As a teacher, or a home schooler, or perhaps a parent doing some teaching at home, there are lots of lovely little things you can do when introducing the letter L to your kids.
Often copying you comes first... for example singing the alphabet song, then recognising letters, then writing, which usually begins with tracing. Next usually comes sounds or phonics. i.e. knowing that a certain letter makes a certain sound. All this happens to pave the way to reading.
Some schools or parents like to start writing and pen practice earlier at age 3! It's perhaps most common to start at 4 or 5 years old. I'll leave the dilemma of when is the best time to start for now and just say I've seen multiple approaches and timings working equally well. This article by a Montessori school is a good read about it if you want to know more.
When it comes to learning the alphabet you have songs, videos, games, worksheets, activities all at your fingertips. Videos can also include stories revolving around the letter L. With all these options what appeals to you? I like to mix things up as a teacher and keep it as varied as possible... Changing activity every 5 or less minutes.
Today I've decided to focus on the PERMA model which include 5 ingredients for flourishing. We all want our children to flourish. This can be a potentially useful framework when considering your child's experience of learning the alphabet and what you might do to enhance it.
The more of these aspects that are apparent, the more the person is likely to be flourishing... so it's reasonable to want to do something to enable more of each to be present.
If while learning, positive emotions are felt (joy, interest, peace, awe, inspiration, amusement, hope, pride, awe and love) research shows that more learning occurs (Fredrickson, 2013). How might you create one of more of these? Which do you notice to be present in the different activities you do?
Is the activity engaging? Do they look engaged? Is some positive relationship being built in the process of some activities?
When someone understands, even a little, the potential positive meaning behind what they're doing, this can be a great catalyst. Even better if they discover it for themselves! How might you gently guide them to understanding what learning letters might open up for them?
and finally... How can you help each child feel a sense of accomplishment? The theory of growth mindset (Dweck, 2017) suggests one way this is possible is by praising effort rather than ability. Or in other words, something within their control, vs something they have little control over. So, when they complete the task... "Well done! Great effort!" was found to be more impactful than "well done. clever girl!".
Fredrickson (2013). Love 2.0. Plume Publishing.
Dweck (2017). Mindset. Robinson.