Handwriting Practice

Aloha friends!! I hope the new year is progressing well for you and that you are on track with your New Year goals and aspirations!!  I can't say I have started all of mine yet, but I have a few that I am working on.  I also have some health goals in mind that I plan on sharing soon!

Today however, I wanted to share something that I have been meaning to create for a LONG time.

I don't know about the students in your class, but by the time mine come to me they seem to have forgotten all of their letter formations.  I am shocked by how many of my students struggle with showing me how to write their letters.

I have placed tags on their desks and reviewed with them, but many still can't seem to remember where to start certain letters and how to use their dotted lines to help them have a nice even script.

So instead of copying practice sheets for each letter I decided to create these little practice booklets to have my students review in a fun and simple way.

Each page has two letters on it with proper formation.  Students trace the letters and then practice on their own.  I followed the same sequence as most beginning handwriting programs. The lower case booklets have letters and words to trace.

Once they finish the lowercase booklet then you can give them the upper case.  This booklet uses capital letters to reinforce Proper Nouns.  I included a name, a place and sentences that begin with the particular letter they are working on.

The booklets are really easy to copy and put together.  Simply print out the 9 pages per booklet, fold in half and staple them.  I have also included posters with each letter formation to display in your class or to use in a center for extra practice.

I am really pleased with the way they came out and the kids are so excited to practice their letters along with neater handwriting.  Well, my kids are excited because this booklet is actually an incentive to get them moving on to cursive.

I have the same format for cursive writing as well.  My second graders have always loved learning cursive at the end of the year.  I previously used a handwritten booklet that I had created and it was finally time to update that one too!

So once my students complete their manuscript practice neatly and correctly, then they get to move on to cursive. I'd say it's a win win!

Since I was on a roll I also created a set of these booklets in D'Nealian handwriting.

D'Nealian is a great way to prep kids for cursive writing.  I am working on a D'Nealian cursive booklet and should have it listed soon. 

You can grab any or all of these in a bundle in my TpT shop.  Click here--->Handwriting Booklets
to check them out.

Mahalo for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more ideas and aspirations with you soon!

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