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3 full-page print charts. We laminate these charts and write over the letters with whiteboard markers.
- It is easy to clean or correct. Just wipe away any mistakes ~ non-threatening for beginners
- It makes a clear line over the chart. They don’t have to press hard ~ great for weak hand muscles
- It is quick and easy to use. Lessons last a mere 10 minutes.
- The child can see where the letter ‘sits’ with the ‘head’, ‘body’ and ‘leg’ in the margin
- No need for books, exercises, pages and patterns.
- The letters are learnt in alphabetic order.
- Once the child has mastered the letter formation, he writes spelling words, dictation and copywork on whiteboards or with pencil on notebooking pages.
Here’s a 5 page booklet with detailed step-by-step instructions to teach children the basic shapes, place and formation of each letter using the laminated charts. Filled with practical tips and great ideas to make it simple and fun!
Examples of how to talk through each letter shape:
- a – start a curly ‘c’, go all the way round, slide up to the top body line, slide down to the body line
- b – start a back on the top head line, slide straight down to the body line, slide up to the top of the body line, now draw a ball touching the body lines
A comprehensive 21 page booklet with pre-writing activities, physical games, therapy ideas and strategies for teaching handwriting – (Read the overview of this booklet here)
Here’s a short excerpt:
Occupational therapists recommend these games and activities to strengthen finger muscles:
- Tearing paper — tear strips into little blocks, then glued these pieces to cover a letter shape
- Playing with play dough — rolling, pinching, pulling
- Peg games — use coloured plastic pegs and place pegs around containers.
- Finger action songs like “5 little fish went swimming one day …”, “Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb where are you?”, “Twinkle, twinkle little star …”
- Playing with rubber bands on peg boards, peg boards and little pins, playing with an assortment of nuts and bolts screwing them closed and opening them
I’ve made simple pages with red, blue and a dotted grey lines, spaced for a size 30 font (really nice and large). Why don’t you go ahead and download it ~ and print out about 20 or so and keep them in your file. (This lined page is ideal for beginner cursive writers too.) It includes a narrower lined page for more advanced writers.
Simple black lines with dotted middle lines for more mature writers
Pop over to my Copywork Pages for more free downloads for your children’s copywork.
Also have a look at my other handwriting posts:
- Famous world leaders’ quotes copywork pages
- George Washington Carver quotes copywork
- Inspired by nature quotes copywork pages
- Celebrating handwriting
- Charlotte Mason on handwriting
- Sitting Affect Handwriting
- Getting to Grips with Handwriting
- Fine Handwriting needs fine muscles
- Primary Lined pages for handwriting
- Laminated Handwriting Chart – but use your own font style!
- Cursive Handwriting – more tips
- Downloading handwriting fonts onto your computer
I hope these tips help! :)
You are welcome to download these pages for your own personal use. I humbly ask that you please share the link back to my site rather than give the files away. And of course, none of these pages are for you to sell!
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