First Strokes Alphabet Wall Charts and BONUS Activities!

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First Strokes Alphabet Wall Charts! Created by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR from The Handwriting Clinic.
These alphabet posters were created to cue students how to write letters in a very simplistic manner. The posters cue where to place the pencil when writing letters, to help with top to bottom sequencing. The letters are grouped by lower case or upper case letters separately, so that students can get a general idea that most letters are written as lower case letters. The upper case alphabet is separate, as these are “special letters” to be used when writing the first letter of a name, or a sentence, etc. By making the posters very simplistic, with a dot for the starting point, students are cued where to start the letters.

This file also contains a set of lower case and a set of upper case letters, that are grouped by their “First Stroke”. This can be used with the First Strokes Multisensory Handwriting Program (available on TPT). Also generic to use with any program. Helps students sequence letters correctly because letters are categorized by their ”First Stroke”. The following pages will show how to break the letter groups into categories of their “First Stroke”.

For workbooks, please visit Jan McCleskey. MA, OTR – The Fine Motor Store. Hard copies of the handwriting workbooks are available on the TPT website.

The letter posters, grouped by the “First Stroke” can also be used with any handwriting program. Or a teacher may prefer to use the alphabetical posters.

If you need smaller posters than 8 ½ x 11 inches, you can set your printer to copy the files smaller, and then trim.

Children have such a hard time sequencing letters – we have pushed handwriting so young. It is my hope that these posters will help students in classroom settings!

One note – from 2nd grade and above, it is difficult to reteach letter formation. In my experience at The Handwriting Clinic in Richardson, Texas - we just do not try to change incorrect sequencing of letters at this age. Letters are too habitually formed. We sell the One Hour to Legibility Program, which helps with legibility from 2nd grade and above (available from TPT). However, children in special education classes, who may be older than 2nd grade but just beginning writing still may benefit from stroke and letter formation.


Be creative. There are many uses for this file other than just wall posters. For teachers and therapists who work with young learners, or students with special needs – these files create many FUN activities. Below are some examples:

Playdoh - print and use for a template for letters.

Paint – print and use for a template to paint letters

Punch – print and have students use as a template to punch out letters with a golf tee

Q-tip/paint – print and use as a template to dot the letters

Repeated practice – I use this file with student with special needs. I give the student 5 different colored crayons and have the student trace the letters repeatedly in the correct sequence, to give motoric practice of letters.

Letter of the day introduction – put on the door and have students trace with their fingers

Powerpoint/smartboard practice – put the files up on a projector and have the students stand up and “air write” the letters in the correct sequence and the instructor puts the files up on the screen. My favorite method of air writing is to have students clap their hands together and hold together as they write the letter in the air in a large motor manner. This is an EXCELLENT way to work on sequencing letters motorically and in a multi-sensory way. The simple visual cues should help students learn to sequence the letters – particularly if the students practice writing the letters in the ”first stroke” categories or groups.

Craft – use tweezers or tongs to glue macaroni, tissue paper, beans, etc on the letter.

Bingo marker template

Use your creativity!
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First Strokes Alphabet Wall Charts and BONUS Activities!
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