Learn to Trace: Animals and Alphabets for Preschool and Kindergarten provides extensive focus on printed English alphabet formation. The full page format focuses on one capital letter and its lowercase counterpart, which allows for extended practice. Every uppercase and lowercase letter can be traced a minimum of 30 times before a free-writing practice exercise is presented. Students are given the opportunity to trace each letter enough times to develop correct movement memory in order to become fluent handwriters. Students are given at least 12 animals and their names to trace in order to enhance pencil placement control.
This penmanship workbook will help prepare your student to:
—Print uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
—Write from left to right and top to bottom of page.
—Recognize spacing between letters and eventually words.
—Understand the concept of writing letters.
—Write words and brief sentences that are legible.
—Write his/her own first and last name and other important words.
Parents and teachers can help students become fluent handwriters by giving verbal directions about letter formation as the student is writing—this direction assists the student in learning the sequence of movement required to form each letter correctly. Each letter has its own features which make learning to write it simpler. For example the verbal direction given for the capital letter “A” might be, “One slanted line up, one slanted line down, one line across.”
The Learn to Trace: Animals and Alphabets for Preschool and Kindergarten handwriting practice book, is a great addition to any early language arts curriculum used to enhance penmanship and literacy skills. Handwriting has been shown to activate the part of the brain responsible for reading.
Why handwriting practice is important: Writing of any sort begins with learning to form letters of the alphabet correctly. Learning to write legible words is the precursor to students being able to translate thoughts into print. Handwriting practice activities help to increase the perceptual motor skills required for the mastery of writing. Some neurologists advocate writing to learn. One states, “The practice of writing can enhance the brain's intake, processing, retaining, and retrieving of information. Through writing, students can increase their comfort with and success in understanding complex material, unfamiliar concepts, and subject-specific vocabulary.”
Since preschool and kindergarten students do not have to prepare for end of year assessments, focus can instead be placed on literacy development. Reading and direct communication with children accelerates literacy skill development. Parents can start conversations with a child—helping to build verbal vocabulary, write a grocery list together—helping to practice handwriting skills, and select books together at the library—allowing students to enjoy the usefulness of the printed word.
Letters, letters, everywhere! Another way to raise awareness of language in a child’s environment is to point out street signs, billboards, traffic signs, and menus in restaurants.