Rarely do we as educators encourage our students to look carefully at the aesthetics of letters. While we invite them to write each day, one can lose sight of the fact that letters are complex figures with precise details.
Providing opportunities for students to investigate the aesthetics of letters allows them to closely examine the components of each important letter, ultimately aiding in the development of their writing skills. Many children do this naturally, exploring with letters on whiteboards, doodling on sticky notes, illuminating with sand on light.
We offer many provocations in our environment that elicit opportunities to attend to the aesthetics of letters. Wire, ribbon, sand, paint, sticks, and other materials are inviting materials that encourage these investigations.
Here are a few examples from our space…
Wiring the Alphabet
Letters in Ribbon
Names with Sticks