Mastering Letters and Numbers
Day Four of the Handwriting Challenge is another easy, but effective set of exercises.
Being a mom of four and also a grandma of two, this is still one of my favorite exercises for early writers. I have seen it all when it comes to teaching visual children how to write and draw. No matter the trend, year, even age, this classic activity always wins. It’s very common for kids to write their letters from the bottom up. I notice Brayden doing this almost every time he writes – don’t get me wrong… kids that write like this can write – but if left unchecked, these habits compromise the speed, flow and legibility of their writing. Sound like your kid?
Today’s Download: Lowercase letter and number practice sheets
Today’s activity is a set of, letters and numbers practice sheets, a simple task that is severely underestimated in the world of improving handwriting beyond perfection.
On these Back to Basic worksheets, I’ve left a dot on each letter that reminds your young writer where to start. This is a key factor in breaking those bad habits and building the unconscious competence needed in handwriting.
- Grab a #2 pencil, a good eraser and time to start!
- Have your child fill each line with the designated letter.
- Go slow and steady.
- Be sure they start each letter at the dot and check that the letters are as tall or short as they are supposed to be.
- Then, do the same for the number sheet. Your kids might speed through this because of the simplicity, but stick around and encourage them to stay slow and steady, making each line count.
Then you’re done!
If you want to make extra copies of these pages, please do! Practicing them a few times a week can help your child build muscle memory needed for smooth and easy writing.
Keep it light.