Following the whole group letter formation instruction, students are given the opportunity to practice the letter formation using an individual sized dry erase board.
- Motor practice is an essential element in the development of a motor plan for each letter.
- It is recommended that the dry erase boards have pre-printed, wide lines to serve as visual cues for letter sizing and alignment.
- The students practice the letter formation in their small groups.
- The adult instructor for each group monitors the practice and when needed, corrects stroke sequence, sizing, and alignment.
- The adult instructor makes notations about students who need feedback to correct errors during practice. This information is used in the instructors’ planning session.
- The adult instructor provides positive feedback for correct stroke sequence, directionality, sizing, and alignment so that all small group members can hear the positive reinforcement.
- The instructors repeat the same verbal cues for each letter and encourage the students to use the same verbal cues during their practice.