First Strokes PRESCHOOL or SPECIAL EDUCATION Print Introduction Program - single license.
Introduction program for printing letters, all on a multi-sensory basis! Designed by an occupational therapist. This program is perfect for preschoolers. It is also excellent for working with older children in special education, who might be ready for an introduction to letters, but whom might not have the fine or visual motor skill readiness for a full handwriting program.
Introduction modules, printable workbooks, printable extra practice sheets for home or for extra practice in school, printable full page letter pages for multi-sensory work on letters in FUN ways! This is a fun way to introduce handwriting, yet appropriate for emphasizing multi-sensory letter exploration rather than focus on printing letters in a refined way. The students are introduced to writing letters through a fun, multi-sensory sequence!
1. Read the Billy the Seal storybook, Billy Learns His ABC's, Have the students practice the strokes as Mrs. Seahorse introduces the "First Strokes". Students can write the stroke in the air. Make posters for your classroom, where students can trace the strokes in the correct sequence using an "alphabet writer" (cut up piece of a foam swimming noodle).
2. Introduce the large letter page - students can punch it, decorate it, trace it, paint it, etc. The letter is an outline letter with a dot an an arrow for the starting point (to eventually emphasize top to bottom, counter clockwise circle stroke, etc)
3. The instructors manual goes over fun, multi sensory ways of working on letters: paint them, q-tip letters, do large motor work to trace posters, etc.
4. There is a small motor introduction page/module for each letter/letter group and students can practice tracing the letter or doing the fine motor warm up with a crayon or pencil. The Fine Motor Store has an article (Developing a Fine Motor Program for Classroom or Therapy) as the featured download - an excellent training for preparing little hands for eventual writing through tongs, tweezers and specific graphomotor activities.
5. Finally practice the workbook page. There is an upper case workbook and a lower case workbook. Because we recommend that students work in "First Stroke" categories to pattern letters, it is recommended that students either learn upper or lower case separately when working on handwriting. Even through students learn the phonics and upper and lower case letters at the same time, in school, students should not practice handwriting at a young age learning upper and lower case letters at the same time ( there are 52 different starting points if they learn the letters together!). By grouping the letters as upper OR lower case, and working within First Stroke categories, even young children can learn patterning! Ex. in the lower case program, if a student learns a circle stroke, short line down and a tall line down, that is the "First Stroke" for the first 17 letters!
The workbook page is a 2 - 3 inch outline letter with a dot for the starting point and an arrow to show direction. The students trace the letter three times in the out line letter. Then the students trace the letter in the handwriting large (still 2 - 3 inch letter) 2 times, and then try to copy it (hopefully using the same motor pattern).
6. Printable extra pages for tracing the letter and writing it in boxes down below.
7. Morning worksheets: The 3 levels/pages for each upper case letter, and 5 levels/pages for lower case progress from tracing, to copying letters, to copying words, to copying sentences with picture/word support! Also, fine motor files are embedded into the worksheets. Perfect for daily work, morning work packets, etc. 238 pages - enough for an entire year!
The emphasis of this program is the introduction to the letters and the patterning, not on refined small motor work or copying. Add creativity and fun, and this is an appropriate way of working on letters with young 3 - 4 year old children.
First Strokes/The Handwriting Clinic/The Fine Motor Store (on TPT) sells the First Strokes Multi-sensory Handwriting Program as a different program when the students are more ready for a handwriting program (usually around age 4 1/2 to 5). The First Strokes Preschool program nicely leads into the more comprehensive First Strokes Multi-sensory Handwriting Program, with the same stroke groups, language, etc.
First Strokes/The Handwriting Clinic/The Fine Motor Store (on TPT) also sells an Advanced Print Program and a remedial print program, as well as cursive and keyboarding programs. All are available as individual licenses (one user for their classroom or clinic) or as a building license (multiple users within one building).
First Strokes handwriting programs include:
First Strokes Preschool Program - aged 3 1/2 - 4
First Strokes Multi-sensory Handwriting Program - ages pre-k - kindergarten
First Strokes Advanced Print Handwriting Program
Other digital handwriting programs on TPT!
First Strokes Print Legibility Program (2nd - 5th grade)
First Strokes Print Legibility Program (teens - adults)
First Strokes Cursive Program
First Strokes Keyboarding Program