Trace and Write: Practice Tracing Alphabet Letters, Animal Words, Sight Words, and Sentences, provides extensive focus on alphabet letter formation for the beginning writer. The alphabet tracing pages have a full-page format that focuses on one alphabet at a time, which allows additional practice for the beginning writer.
The beginning writer has a minimum of 30 opportunities to trace each alphabet before each alphabet writing practice page is presented. Once a student has adequately mastered an alphabet they may then move on to the next alphabet tracing page or skip around as comfortable.
This alphabet tracing penmanship workbook will help increase your student’s ability to:
—Print uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet and recognize the difference between the two.
—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.
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 kindergarten students do not have to prepare for assessments, focus can instead be placed on their literacy development. Reading to children and talking to them directly can be huge. Parents can start conversations—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. Another way to raise their awareness of language in their environment is to point to street signs, billboards, traffic signs, and menus in restaurants.
The Trace and Write Sight Words section of this workbook contains 51 high-frequency words students will come across in any text. Students should spend several days each week studying these sight words with a teacher/adult. The amount of time spent on each lesson will vary according to the ability level of the individual child. In order to increase fluency, parents and teachers can create sight word flashcards that students can use for daily practice.
Sight words are divided into groups of three. Each word has lines for tracing and free-writing, followed by a sentence using the word. The sentences are provided to help your child see how each word is used in context. Once the student learns these high-frequency sight words, their reading fluency and literacy confidence will increase. All words in the sentences presented are not sight words and students are not responsible for learning each word at this stage. Parents and teachers should help students with the words they do not recognize.
Alphabet tracing mastery and handwriting penmanship practice is the goal of this book. Students can learn to master alphabet tracing quickly when this book is used every day. Tracing letters and then using the free-writing practice pages, in addition to tracing the animal words, sight words, and sentences provided gives students extensive handwriting practice that other workbooks do not provide.