Writing on Chalkboard

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Writing on Chalkboard
Language - Writing
Chalkboard 12.JPG
PrerequisitesSandpaper Letters
Metal Insets

This activity the child practices writing on a chalkboard.



  1. Invite the child to the lesson. Name the work and show where it is on the shelf.
  2. Take the blank chalkboard, chalk, and eraser to a table.
    Chalkboard 1.JPG
  3. Hold the chalkboard still with your sub-dominant hand. Hold the chalk with a pincer grip in your dominant hand and draw straight and wavy lines.
    Chalkboard 2.JPG Chalkboard 3.JPG
  4. To erase, hold the chalkboard still with your sub-dominant hand, and hold the eraser in your dominant hand.
    Chalkboard 4.JPG
  5. Give the child a turn to do the same.

Writing letters

  1. A few days later, invite the child to another lesson with the chalkboard.
  2. Take the chalkboard, chalk, eraser, and a sandpaper letter to a table.
    Chalkboard 5.JPG
  3. Trace the sandpaper letter two or three times.
    Chalkboard 6.JPG
  4. Hold the chalkboard still with the sub-dominant hand. Write the letter on the chalk board.
    Chalkboard 7.JPG
  5. Erase the letter.
  6. Give the child a turn to do the same.

Writing between lines

  1. Take the lined chalkboard, chalk, and an eraser to a table
    Chalkboard 8.JPG
  2. Draw a zig-zag or wavy line, showing that when you get to a line, you don't go past it, but turn the other way.
    Chalkboard 9.JPG Chalkboard 10.JPG
  3. Draw lines or shapes, again showing how you stay between the lines.
    Chalkboard 11.JPG
  4. Pick letters to practice that fit between the lines (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z).
    Chalkboard 12.JPG

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • A whiteboard and dry-erase marker could also be used.
  • The teacher could write the letter in chalk, and the child could then trace over the letter with a wet paintbrush.


Where to Buy

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Alison's $24.00 (set of 2)
Alison's $32.00 (set of 2)(premium)
Bruin's $34.00 (set of 2)
Kid Advance $22.99 (set of 2)
Lord Co. $8.25 (9"x12")
Montessori N' Such $5.25 (12"x18")
Montessori N' Such $49.90 (set of 10)(12"x18")
Montessori Outlet $26.95 (set of 2)(30x50cm)
Montessori Services $9.95 (9"x12")
Nienhuis $42.60 (set of 2)(30x50cm)

Alison's $24.00 (set of 2)
Montessori N' Such $35.50 (set of 10: partially lined)(9"x12")
Discount School Supply $51.80 (set of 10, with 10 erasers)(9"x12")

Lines on one side, Squares on the other
Albanesi $46.00
Bruin's $42.00 (set of 2)
Bruin's $42.00 (set of 2: double lined)
E & O $20.00
Kid Advance $22.99 (set of 2)
Kid Advance $22.99 (set of 2: double lined)
Montessori Outlet $27.95 (30x50cm)
Montessori Outlet $27.95 (double lines)(30x50cm)
Nienhuis $47.80 (30x50cm)
Nienhuis $47.80 (double lines)(30x50cm)
Thinkamajigs $29.95

Set of 2: One with lines, one with squares
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Affordable Montessori $29.00 (double lines)
Alison's $34.00 (premium)
Alison's $34.00 (double lines)(premium)

Set of four
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Montessori Services $45.00 (1 blank, 2 lined, 1 squares)

Blank on one side, Lines on the other
Discount School Supply $3.99 (9"x12")
Discount School Supply $3.99 (partial lines)(9"x12")

Chalkboard on one side, Whiteboard on the other
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Stand for chalkboards
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Bruin's $240.00
Montessori Outlet $89.95
Nienhuis $271.50

Discount School Supply $14.31 (set of 10)
Discount School Supply $11.28 (mini size)(set of 10)
Kid Advance $2.99
Montessori N' Such $6.50 (2")(set of 6)
Montessori Services $3.00 (mini)
Nienhuis $3.75

White Chalk
Discount School Supply $7.48 (100 pieces)

Colored Chalk
Discount School Supply $7.86 (100 pieces)

Discount School Supply $35.80 (9"x12" unlined, set of 10)

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