With the use of different multisensory methods, children learn how to build and write letters and correct directionality. In the infant nest and community we do not work with graph letters, although we do show them to students. It is in the children’s room where we begin with reading-writing.
At this point it is important that the child learns how to hold a pencil correctly. The pencil should be held by making a pincer between thumb and forefinger and supporting it with the middle finger. If children do not learn how to hold a pencil correctly from the outset, there will later be serious difficulties to correct it.
To do so, we foster the grip movement that the child makes with their fingers, a work of precision that is not easy and that they begin to carry out little by little. This movement is a landmark in a child’s psychomotor development as from then on they begin to pick up objects more precisely in a world of possibilities that opens up before them to discover, explore, and touch.
We work lines on different formats and different materials: paper, sand, flour, paintbrushes, tempera, paint, plasticine, etc. In time, children learn how to make letters in italics which, among other aspects, improves the fluency of writing and spelling. Writing a word with a single movement helps to remember the letters that build it.