•  Here is a great website if you want to create practice handwriting sheets for your child to practice their name, letters, numbers, or even sight words!

    www.handwritingworksheets.com

     
    Handwriting Reference - Great Visual on How to Use Lines When Writing
     
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    When teaching handwriting and proper letter formation, I tell students that letters fall (start) from the "sky" (top line) and fall down to the "ground or grass" (bottom line).  The dotted line is referred to as the "fence".  Many lower case letters start at the fence.  Some lower case letters like "g", "j", "q", and "y" go underground (where the carrot is). 
     
     
     Number & Letter Reversals

    It is common even into first grade for students to still have number and letter reversals.  Some students are not developmentally ready to read or write until they are 7 in some cases, even though many kids begin reading and writing at a much younger age.  The most important thing for parents to do is to NOT push students to do something they are not ready for yet.   If students are encouraged and have a positive experience in learning to read and write, then those reversals will correct themselves on their own as they get older.  It will actually make it worse to point it out all the time.  As long as they know what 5 means when they write it backwards, that is what is important. 

     

    The magic "c" can really help with forming some letters such as a, d, g, and q.  You can start with “magic c” to form those letters.  For example only the “d” uses the magic "c" not the “b”, and only the “q” can be made with the magic c not the “p”.  

     

    If you choose to have your child work on their reversals, focus on just one of the letters or numbers they are mixing up.  For example, just focus on D for quite awhile, don't work on B and D at the same time.  Make it fun by forming the letter with pretzel sticks and cheerios, playdough, or shaving cream on a table.  FUN = Learning J