This is one of the most challenging numbers that the children find to write. So I emphasize the use of the rhyme to help them remember the formation. I also compare it to a race track where Lightning McQueen has to race against other cars 🙂
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.
- We do not lift the pencil for this number but continue writing in one movement. The children need a reminder for this at times.
- There are no horizontal or sleeping lines in the number 8.
- I try and tell them to do the top and the bottom part of the same size.
- 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.
During this same week we worked on a revision page which also included the number 8.