The sun is shining through the living room windows as the Black-Capped Chickadees flit through the trees in our backyard, making melodies for all to hear. It’s only early March, but it feels like spring.
Me and my laptop have been at it again during nap time, working to get my handwriting notebook in the TPT store to share with you all. I’m pleased to say, it’s officially posted.
This is not exactly a new resource. I used it to teach my daughter print letter formation starting when she was four.
She just turned five, knows all her letters, and is now doing daily copy work for her handwriting lesson… (Great quote, huh? 😉)
This is a simple, no fuss way to learn letter formation.
Each page has a demonstration box that includes a capital and lowercase letter with proper, numbered stroke-steps. It also includes a picture that gets the student thinking about the appropriate sound that accompanies the letter. There are traceable, practice letters along with starting dots to form the letter on their own.
There are practice pages for all 26 letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-20.
If your kiddo is not quite ready for letter formation, check out my Pre-Writing Notebook!
I really wanted a reusable, practice space that was easy to wipe off. I used heavy-duty, clear page protectors, a 1.5 inch notebook, and dry erase markers. We used this almost everyday for a year and it held together really well.
I also put a pen-pouch in the front to hold the dry-erase markers and wipe cloth.
- Heavy-Duty Clear Page Protectors
- 1.5in Three Ring Binder
- Fine Point Dry Erase Markers
- Pen Pouch (optional)
- Handwriting Printable Pages
Note: If you are using this as an introduction to letter formation, I would recommend that instead of arranging the pages in alphabetical order that you arrange them from simplest strokes to more complex motions based on the uppercase. (My suggestion of order would be I, L, T, E, F, H, A, V, W, X, K, M, N, Y, Z, C, O, G, Q, B, D, J, P, U, R, S.)
How to Use
This resource is designed to be used as a teaching tool, but it can also be used as a practice resource (whatever way would benefit your family). If you are using it as a means to learn the letter strokes, I recommend sitting with your child for the duration of the lesson to insure proper strokes.
I used this as our primary source for teaching my daughter print handwriting. We had a time set apart every morning where I would sit down with Jovie to work on her letters and numbers. I would guide her through the demonstration as well as, the traceable letters (giving simple instruction when needed).
We did one letter page and one number page a day, sticking to the same two pages until I felt she was ready for new material.
The lessons were kept very short, and if she ever got to the point of exasperation we would stop for the day.
Once she had learned all her letters and had moved onto copy work for her handwriting lesson, she was able to use the notebook for practice.
If you want to make one of these, you can find the
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