A to Z CUTTING PRACTICE
transforms those moments of cutting zig-zags, curves and straight lines into developing and reinforcing your students’ ability to correctly form capital and lowercase letters. Your students will cut their letters just like they are learning to write them--using the Handwriting Without Tears'
model of letter formation.
Print the sheets on a variety of Astrobright printer paper.
Your students will need a pair of scissors (and a hole-punch for letters ‘i’ and ‘j’).
Before cutting, have your students chant “how” to correctly form each letter. For capital A they might say, “Slide down, jump up, slide down and cross.”
Then, looking at the letter A cutting practice sheet, ask them to find the guide graphic. Each sheet has a guide graphic demonstrating where to start the letter. The graphic represents the beginning sound the letter makes. For “A” the guide graphic is an ant. After locating the ant, have them demonstrate with their finger how to form the letter. (It is helpful here to verbally repeat the “how” again). Finally, they will cut in at the arrow leading to the capital A and then cut the lines to “form” the capital letter.
For lowercase ‘a’, they might say, “Magic C, straight up, straight down.” Then trace and verbally repeat the steps to form it, beginning at the ant, with their finger. Finally, they’ll cut in on the dotted line on the right and “form” lowercase ‘a’.
To reinforce correct letter formation, use A to Z CUTTING PRACTICE
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