During week 3 the children started writing number 4.
We practiced its value, said its name and saw which animal character helps us remember its shape. We also saw where number 4 stands on the number line.
Writing number 4
As we do with every number we revise the work done during the first term. The children recalled that mummy caterpillar and baby caterpillar help us remember the shape of number 4.
However our main focus is more on the rhyme at this point because it guides them with the formation.
It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing 4. The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing. Here is how our number writing pages look like.
Other important points
- I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left. Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
- After “Down” we do not lift the pencil. “Down and across” are one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
- There are no slanting lines in number 4.
- I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
- If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.