Learn the alphabet, the many sounds each letter makes.  Tracing, handwriting and colorful pictures reinforces phonics using visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile modalities. These are very important senses in the Orton Gillingham approach for teaching reading, writing and spelling. Those who have difficulties associating letters to their sounds often also have difficulties perceiving and learning via visual and auditory modalities, therefore, penmanship and tracing are perfect reinforcement activities.

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