Handwriting Warm up Worksheets - emphasizing correct patterning of letters! Created by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR from The Handwriting Clinic in Plano, Texas.
There are two parts to this file. 1. Handwriting worksheets – grouped by the first stroke of the letter. 2. Handwriting worksheets grouped alphabetically. BOTH files have a dot for the starting point, and an arrow to show the first stroke.
To use this file, start with the worksheets grouped by the first stroke. Pick upper case or lower case. Sing the “start your letters at the top song” – and then start having the students practice writing letters from the correct “first stroke”. Doing the gross motor activity is essential – having the students write the letters in the air. The activities are described in the instructions. Then have the students practice the worksheet several times. A teacher might take a group of letters as a unit – practicing the patterning of the letters for a couple minutes every day for several days. Then the teacher should print the worksheets grouped by the “first stroke” and have the student practice these worksheets are daily warmups several times over the course of a few weeks.
Finally, there are two files – the alphabetical worksheets. These worksheets are either upper case or lower case. Again, pick one, and have the students do the gross motor practice several times. Repetition in the key – with gross motor practice drawing the letters in the air to get the top to bottom practice. Then print the one page worksheet and have the students trace the letters starting at the dot. Repetition is good – printing the alphabetical worksheet and having the students trace the worksheet several times a week, for a few weeks, should seal in the proper letter formation. If you have students who still are not sequencing letters correctly, then you may need to do some small group tutoring, still emphasizing patterning of the letters by their first stroke.
These worksheets are not meant to be an entire handwriting program. They are just warm-ups, emphasizing gross motor and then small motor patterning on the worksheets. They should augment any handwriting program and help emphasize correct patterning. This file comes with several fun gross motor class activities for handwriting practice.
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