Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Letter writing

I purchased my first apple app today...Letter School! It's educational, so it's ok. Haha. I downloaded the lite version first and let my students try it and they absolutely love it. Even I look forward to see what the animation will be. So I decided to buy the full version. It only costs 3 dollars, which is about RM9, and I think it's a good buy. I really believe that this is the new era of education and we must move forward and change our ways of teaching. This is definitely a really really fun way of learning how to write.

Which brings me to another point...how strictly should we follow the rules of letter formation? I realized that different apps sometimes show different letter formation, eg. when writing letter d, do you start with the line or start at the curve? What I learnt in college is the proper way is that you start at the curve.

Some books teach two separate strokes for a letter, eg. for letter a, you write the c first, and then lift up your pencil and draw the straight line, whereas what I learnt in college is that you do not lift up the pencil when writing.

When my lil bro saw my playing the app, he said, 'eh like that one meh? I write another way.' He writes capital letter E with the vertical line down first, then the bottom horizontal line then the top horizontal line, and finally the middle horizontal line.

At first I thought, yer, your teachers didn't teach you one meh. But then i pondered..does it matter??

Does it matter which 'y' you use? The curvy one? Or the straight one? Is one wrong and the other right? At the end of the day, children are bound to see both in words around them.

Does it matter whether you lift up your pencil or not? Some teachers say its easier for children to learn when it's in two strokes. At the end of the day, when children begin to write, they will write faster and naturally they will stop lifting up the pencil, right?

If they do not catch the proper formation, so what? In the end, you will still be able to see the letter, right? And isn't that the purpose of writing?

Of course, I will teach the 'proper' way of writing letters, but sometimes, if they lift up their pencil and write the letter in two strokes, I just close one eye. I think the children have more important things to do.

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