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How We’re Practicing Our Handwriting

We have three little ones here who are learning how to write their letters. They are getting pretty good at it. So good that most strangers can recognize most of their letters. Not bad for 3 and 4 year olds! We do, however, still need a bunch of practice.

Those letter worksheets can be a real drag, though. They have a tendency to completely flatten the mood of our otherwise boisterous and happy school time. So, we compromised, my little ones and I. Here’s how:

We use the wonderful series of books called “Draw. Write. Now.” to pump up the fun. Each book features dozens of images with step by step (and very easy) instructions so that children, and their spastic mommies, can successfully reproduce the picture. Each image also features 4 sentences about the subject.

We choose a picture to do each week. We use special forms I created, with a space on top for their name and two lines at the bottom for writing practice. I left plenty of open white space in the middle.

Monday, we write our names at the top, take our first crack at following the instructions and write the first of the four sentences as neatly as we can. Then the children decide which letter they had the most trouble writing and they practice writing it 5 times, very carefully and neatly, on a lap chalkboard. Once they’ve conquered their toughest letter, they get 5 minutes of drawing whatever they’d like before we move on.

Tuesday we take a second try at the picture and write the second sentence. Wednesday we do take three, usually adding something else from the picture that isn’t in the instructions (for example the picture of a chicken has chicks with it and a background. We added the chicks on Wednesday). Then Thursday we do the fourth sentence and for the picture we try to include the entire background.

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By Friday, we have ourselves a lovely book, created by the children, and they’ve gotten bucket loads of writing practice. We still do practice worksheets every day. I usually choose letters they have discovered are tricky for them and they don’t complain a bit. They understand the direct link between that practice and the fun writing they get to do later in the day. Each little book we make is better and better and they are proud of every one of them.

About the Author Sandra Modersohn

Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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Honey says 9 years ago

That sounds like a wonderful way to learn how to print. You did a great job making it relevant and practical.

Mom 'n' More says 9 years ago

I would love to see pictures! My daughter began “writing” at two and a half and I never taught her. She had constant access to writing tools, paper and art supplies. We had her name up and when we wrote her name would invite her to watch. Same with other letters. I find she “learns” more when it has real meaning to her life. Writing shopping lists together, cards, labelling something she has drawn (but only if she requests). She is now four and come the new year we will be doing Handwriting Without Tears. I have done a lot of research into systyms and this appears to be the most “holistic” approach, that I can find.

Weel done! Tell the girls to keep it up!

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