Printable Practice Book for Learning Letters and Numbers

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? ?)

 

 

Handwriting Notebook

 

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!

 

 

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 Assembly

 

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.

Materials Needed

 

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.

 

 

Our Story

 

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

DOWNLOAD HERE!

 

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13 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I love your idea of the morning binder and I have used some of your ideas with my students in a daycare\preschool\ after school program. I had one question. you mention in your directions that you use clear velcro strips. Where did you purchase them? How many would I need approximately?. I have been teaching for along time but this is the first time I am working in a daycare/preschool so I appreciate your site. This is my 20th year of teaching. I have taught preschool-12 grade all subjects but this is perfect for my daycare students to get them ready for preschool. Thank you so much. Erma

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad you have been able to use my resources to help your kiddos! You can purchase clear velcro tape/dots at Walmart, or through the Amazon links embedded on that post. The amount really depends on how much velcro you use for each piece. I would probably start off with four packs of tape, and one pack of dots for the really small pieces. ?

      1. Hi there! I just stumbled upon your blog and its just what I needed for some encouragement as a new homeschooling mom with a kindergartener, almost 4 year old, 2.5 year old, and 3m old!! Thank you!!

        Also, I see the above poster mentioned a morning binder. Where would I find that post?

  2. Hi Jessica, such a wonderful resource for little ones! Jovie has beautiful handwriting and I love the quote ! I guess its all about practice . Thanks so much for sharing , have a great day Dear, hugs, Terri xo.

  3. You and your awesome practical content, thank you for the freebie downloads! I feel like this is a great way introduce handwriting, numbers and letters without overwhelming the child 🙂

  4. I just wanted to mention that we just use child markers (like craZart brand) since Expo markers and dry erase generic markers have a strong smell. On the pack of the marker package, it may say something about how they are not intended for children under 12. I think there are dry erase markers that littles can use, I will just have to check next time I’m at the store!

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