How do you teach preschoolers to write the alphabet? Read on to learn what’s working at our house.
1) We’re going out of order because we started with the letters easiest to write. This is our sequence: E, F, H, I, L, T, V, W, X, K, M, N, Y, A, Z, C, O, G, Q, B, D, J, P, U, R, and S.
2) I set up stations at the kitchen table and call my Three and my Five to get started.
3) The boys begin with simple activities and move around the table until they’re using pencil and paper.
4) I try to incorporate the sound of the letter into our materials as much as possible.
5) I don’t insist that my boys do all of the activities. Some are too challenging for my Three, and if I sense frustration we back off.
6) I do expect my older preschooler to do his best work — I encourage careful, neat penmanship when I know he can produce it.
Read on to find creative ways for making the letter N!
First they put nuts on the letter N (with the promise to have five when they were done!).
My Three was proud of the work he did with his number stickers.
My Five used spaghetti noodles.
Excitement was high when I let him use Daddy’s nails to make another N.
My husband dug these out of his toolbox so that my Five could make an N with nuts.
Making letters out of small manipulatives is still quite hard for my Three, but he was happy doing this letter N dot sticker page.
Before moving to paper, I like my boys to try writing the letter with their finger. My Three wasn’t interested, but my Five wrote an N in nutmeg.
I’m still trying to figure out if my Three is right or left handed. He switched midway through this activity! You can get my Letters of All Sizes pages by visiting here.
This is the next step in our handwriting pages. After a sloppy start, I admonished my Five to take his time and stay on the lines. This is only because I know he’s capable of it. For kids just starting out with handwriting pages, celebrate the effort! You can get this page at this link.
My Five was proud of the careful work he did on this handwriting page. Get your copy here.
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