"Air Writing" is a teacher-led activity where the children "write" the letters in the air, using big arm movements. Children also verbalize (speak out loud) the steps to form the letter.
Air writing helps children remember letter formation, which is a motion-oriented "memory," and which is an entirely different (and separate) memory than the visual memories of letter shapes.
Air writing also helps to strengthen the arm and shoulder muscles in preparation for handwriting. This is important because weak muscles lead to bad habits in handwriting.
We recommend spending a few minutes a day on Air Writing, just before your daily handwriting or pre-handwriting practice.