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Tactile writing requires that children have sensory stimuli to the ends of
their fingers. Any heavily textured material may be used.
Write a spelling word on plain paper and place the paper under a a piece of
screening. Have each child trace the word with the pointing finger of the
dominant hand. The exercise should be done first with the eyes open and
then with the eyes closed.
Cut letters, numbers, or words out of varying grades of sandpaper, ranging
from extra-fine to coarse. Have each child again finger-trace with the
pointing finger of the dominant hand. Be sure each child has the
opportunity to work with each grade of sandpaper.
Use glue and glitter to make raised models of numbers, letters, or words for
each child to finger-trace.
Bake sprinkled cookies in the shapes of letters or numbers. Have the
children hold the textured letters or numbers behind their backs and
identify them by touch only. Several cookies may be aligned to form a word.
Have children finger-trace the textured cookies.
Children also may be given a small tray or box of sand in which to copy
letters, words, or numbers from a visual model.
Use a language master or tape recorder to provide auditory input for the
Air writing is very much like flashlight tracking in that it provides a
Write a word on the chalkboard and have the children say it aloud. Have
them close their eyes and visualize the word. then spell the word. As you
spell it, have them write it in the air, keeping their eyes shut all the
while. With their eyes still closed, have them spell the word as they write
it in the air. Next, ask them to see and say the word inside their heads as
they write it in the air. Finally, tell them to open their eyes and write
the word on paper.
Air writing may be used to teach letters, words, numbers, or anything else
(Artists often practice what they are going to commit to paper by first air