This resource was designed to put a little bit of “fun” into handwriting! Copying letters over and over again is mundane and boring! I wanted students to use different tools to practice handwriting, as well as work on their fine motor pencil control.
This section was designed to work on pencil control and letter formation. I highly suggest whiteboard, chalkboard, carpet writing, etc. to practice letter formation before you ask your students to do this paper/pencil task. When you give this to your students, you will want them to practice the CORRECT letter formation each time. You can use whatever verbiage your school requires for path of motion. Fonts may differ slightly, however, it is important for kids to see many different shapes of letters.
Breakdown of letter practice:
*Dot letters – I suggest students use a skinny marker for this letter. Encourage your students to color in a circle form (think swirls) and to really try to stay within the dot circles.
*Dashed letters – Your students can use pencils, pens, markers, etc for these. Remember the goal is the correct formation.
*Large letter outline – I like to have kids “rainbow write” on this letter. Use many different colors of crayon, colored pencil, and/or markers to practice correct letter formation.
After a good pencil/fine motor warm up in step 1, students will now progress to practicing making their letters as carefully as possible. They are not only practicing the target letter, but other letters as well. SLOW is the key here!! We want students focusing on not only the formation but the placement of letters as well.
This step is designed for pencil/fine motor control as well. Students will work slowly to stay in the lines of the letter outline. Encourage your students to draw short lines and to stay within the borders.
The matching clipart is there to work on pencil control. Encourage students to color in small, short strokes and to stay within the lines.
As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!