Are you teaching young children to write the alphabet? Today I’m sharing seven simple steps for beginning handwriting practice.
Looking for some creative ways to learn to write the alphabet? Here are the seven steps I follow when teaching my kids to write their letters.
1. Fill a large block letter with objects that begin with the letter’s sound.
You can print one of my large block letters in uppercase (see this post) or lowercase (see this post). We try to fill the letter with objects that make its sound so we can reinforce the letter’s sound as we work. “B! /b/, /b/, buttons!”
What can you fill the letters with?
- Letter A…acorns, apple stickers, alphabet stamps
- Letter B…buttons, beads, toy bugs
- Letter C…coins, carrots, toy cars
For over 150 ideas, check out this post!
2. Make the letter using straight or curved objects that you can find around the house.
My Four created this version of the letter B out of Bendaroos. These are a sort of bendable wax string which are great for forming letters. ( They’re similiar to Wikki Stix.) After he made this attempt, I showed him a picture of a B and modeled how to make a B without a gap in the middle.
You could also make curved letters out of shoelaces, yarn, ribbon, play dough, or cooked spaghetti.
It’s much easier to find objects to make straight letters. Make an F our of forks, an E out of envelopes, and an L out of Lincoln Logs. You get the idea. 🙂
3. Make the letter using small objects without a framework.
This type of activity is still challenging for my Four. After a few attempts at making a B with blocks, he became very frustrated, so we’ll try again another day. I made this letter B as an example; creating the curved edges would be something young preschoolers probably would not come up with on their own.
Now that my Five has just started kindergarten, I’ll probably need to fill in the gaps with my own examples here and there. 😉
4. Make the letter by writing with your finger.
Make a Y in yogurt, an A in applesauce, and a C in coffee grounds. My Four wrote the letter B in bread crumbs.
5. Start writing practice with Letters of All Sizes.
I created these beginning handwriting pages as a first step in writing the letters. Have your child start with the largest letter and work his way down to the smallest. He may not be ready to do all of the page. Just doing a few letters is great! Get the entire uppercase set in this post. (Get lowercase here!)
6. Later, write the letter on two lines.
I created these so my kids could start to write on handwriting lines before they were ready for the standard pages which have small lines and letters. Get the entire uppercase set in this post. (Get lowercase here.)
7. Write the letter on four lines.
I use these level three pages for my kids when they are getting close to kindergarten. Your child might be ready for them sooner or later than my own children. Get the entire uppercase alphabet set in this post. (Get lowercase here.)
Alphabet Curriculum for Preschool
Our curriculum includes lessons for teaching both upper and lowercase letter names and sounds. You’ll get three lessons per letter, built-in review, simple handwriting practice, rhyming, syllable counting, phonemic awareness, and a whole lot more!
You are so inspiring! Tons of materials for each little topic. And the website is very professional! Can’t believe you are doing all these while having 6 children ???
thanx so very much,this was helpful..
You’re very welcome, Rabeca!
Please let me know how i can print these worksheet as i am not getting any options to print these worksheet . please help. they are awesome
Hello, Samta! You can find links to print all my handwriting worksheets in this post: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/teaching-handwriting-2/
Hello Anna, thank you so much, your site is amazing and your posts are so useful for new teachers and mom, I love all your posts thank yo so much. so earlier you said if you have time to do letter with your kid in one or two week do some fine motor skill, craft, game and etc, about the fine motor skill which you talked abot it in this page, do you do all of them in a day? how do we can plan a scheduel and follow the activity for a week? any idea would be great, for me I always like to have something to look at and plan and be on time and organized, do not like to start teaching my boy with no plan and scheduel and ran out of ideas and game at the end and feel gilty and give up. thank you again. God bless
Really great ideas!
I am pinning this for my readers to find:).
Fun, fun, fun.
Selena @ Look! We're Learning!
Thanks for these suggestions! I’ll be pinning this for my toddler to use in a year or two.
Stopping by from the Mom’s Library linky 🙂