The Tommy Turtle scaffold is a powerful teaching strategy to stimulate the tactile-kinaesthetic skill of the physical act of writing letter shapes and make explicit connections to develop visual perceptual processing strengths. The physical task of drawing the shapes alerts the eyeballs to notice and discriminate the shape and form, size, and position of the letters.
Handwriting Tips for Early Learners:
- Tommy Turtle shell letters are round and begin at the correct coloured flipper
- All letters sit where the grass meets the dirt
- Short letters begin where the grass meets the sky
- Tall lines begin in the sky
- All tall and short letters should be the same height
- Letters should be close but not touching