How to make child write alphabets

Teaching Preschoolers to Write Letters At Home – Blue and Hazel

Are you wondering how to teach your preschooler to write letters of the alphabet? You can do it! We do this as part of our homeschool preschool and continue practicing for homeschool kindergarten.

Maybe your child is already scribbling down nonsense and calling them letters? That’s a good sign they are ready for more. I’ll share what we’ve done/are doing and my kids’ ages. Each one has been on their own timeline, and I think it’s important not to push that too much.

Writing starts way before letters are formed (think coloring/scribbling), and it will continue to be perfected long after preschool. Writing letters is a process that takes lots of practice! Hopefully this post gives you the confidence to start helping your child learn to write their name and the whole alphabet.

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What age do kids learn to write letters?

Personally, I’m a fan of waiting till at least age 4 or 5 to begin learning to write letters. But it really depends on your kids eagerness to begin.

My oldest son learned at age 5.5 ,my daughter was ready by age 4, and my 3rd (a boy) is 4.5 and just starting to show signs he is ready. I’ll probably wait with him till he turns 5 because there is NO RUSH.

If anything, starting too soon and expecting too much too soon can put some serious negative pressure on them when they just aren’t ready yet. I’ve learned this the hard way. Instead, focus on hand strength and coordination through coloring, legos, drawing, and Play Doh.

Learning to write all the letters in their first and last name is one of my goals by the end of our homeschool preschool. Kids begin to do a lot more writing in Kindergarten so it is helpful if they can write some letters by then.

Signs that your child is ready to learn to write letters

Before a child learns to write, they are going to come to the conclusion that letters have meaning.

They see it in books, when you write, on road signs, through shows and apps, and through seeing their name on everything.  If you feel unsure if your preschooler is ready to write, ask yourself:

  • Can they recognize letter names when they see them?
  • Are they interested or asking how to write a letter? That was my hint!
  • Do they pretend to write making scribbles or symbols for their “letters”?
  • Do they know how to hold a pencil correctly from drawing and coloring?
  • Are they experimenting trying to write letters in their name, even if it’s upside down and backwards?

I love this post on the stages of learning to write and draw. You will be able to see what stage your child is at and if they are developmentally ready!

How to teach a preschooler to write letters

Once your preschooler can recognize certain letters, it will make teaching writing easier. They’ll know what it is supposed to look like, and be familiar with it’s name and general appearance.

I tell everyone to use Busy Toddler’s Playing Preschool for a fun and worksheet free way to do preschool at home. It’s my favorite route to exposing them to the alphabet, songs, books, and more. Each day is short and mapped out for you! Here’s my full review on Busy Toddler’s preschool curriculum.

But to teach letters, I like to casually show them “their special letter”, which is the first letter of their name. Point out letters on cereal boxes and coloring books. Here are a few ways I like to begin teaching them to write letters at home.

1. Do TONS of pre-writing activities before attempting to write letters.

As preschoolers get older, they go from making marks on paper to being able to make circles and lines (or round faces with stick legs)!

Eventually, they can also draw shapes like triangles that use tilted lines. My favorite prewriting booklet is the purple Doodle booklet by The Good And The Beautiful. My kids both loved it. In fact, my reluctant oldest child even enjoyed doodling with this, after we backed off of formal handwriting. I saw he wasn’t ready and needed more hand coordination and strength!

2. Strengthen their hands

Anything that works on fine motor skills will help with hand writing later on, like:

  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Tracing straight lines, tilted lines, and shapes like circles
  • Painting
  • Threading fruit loops
  • Do A Dot Letter Stamping
  • Drawing in salt, dirt, sand, or flour
  • Using scissors
  • Picking up pom pom balls with tongs
  • Tracing fingers over glitter glue letters

3. Show them how to write the letters using sensory activities

Sensory letter writing is a fun way to make letters without having to use a pencil and paper yet. Think forming letters in the dirt or sand.

They can learn the motions and it’s fun! It’s helpful for kids to see you forming a letter, and to have an example to look at. Note that just because they watched you write the letter B top to bottom doesn’t mean they’ll think to do it that way.

There are lots of fun ways to get preschoolers to start forming letters on their own! Some I’ve seen are:

  • Forming letters out of shaving cream or sprinkles in a pan.
  • Write out a letter with glue and let your kid place noodles or beans on the glue.
  • Bath paint on the wall writing out the letter with their finger

3. Write on blank paper

Since kids tend to start out writing BIG letters, I’ve found it’s easier to start on one letter at a time on a large blank piece of paper.

I usually write out the uppercase or lowercase letter somewhere on the blank paper so they have an example to look at. They can take a different colored marker and trace over your letter.

4. Trace letters on paper

I highly recommend buying/printing some pre-traced pages for each letter so that you don’t have to do it by hand!

Practicing on lined tracing paper teaches them to pay attention to proportions within the lines, and it’s what they’ll be using in kindergarten.

This is a tracing notebook we have used.  I like this book because the letters are already there to trace, which saves me from having to make a ton of dotted letters by hand.  And, the first page of each letter has arrows and numbers to show the hand strokes.

A lot of lined notebooks have just one letter for kids to trace and a bunch of blank lines for them to fill in the letter by memory. These are too advanced to start with, because they haven’t had enough practice yet to remember the motions.

My son needed to trace at least 10 of the same letter before really being able to draw it from memory. If blank lined paper is all you have, then you can fill in letters by hand. I dotted in one full line of capital B and one line of lowercase b.

Or, write the letters for them in pencil and have them trace over them with a marker.

A printable tracing workbook designed to be used side by side with the “Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons”

Update January 2020: We recently tried these new printable letter tracing pages with 100 pages of practice with my 4. 5 year old.

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I drew in about 10 dotted uppercase and lowercase letter b for him to trace. Then he filled in the rest by memory. It’s important to watch kids practice so you can keep them from forming letters the wrong way (like bottom to top). 

Teach preschoolers to write their name

If you want to motivate your preschooler to write, then start with fun ways to teach them the letters in their name

Kindergarten classes like to have kids able to write their name coming into kindergarten with the first letter being a capitol and the rest of their name in lowercase.

I found these awesome FREE printable name tracing worksheets and loved how easy it was to customize the font, size, you can even save the file to print over and over, or just bookmark the page.

We also love these dry erase letter tracing cards! They come in uppercase and lowercase. Note that if your child has two of the same letters in their name these ones only come with one of each.

My kids love tracing on these reusable dry erase cards! Awesome way to practice tracing letters.

Be encouraging

While it’s easy to want your kid to do it right (and I do think the  hand strokes are important), handwriting takes A LOT of practice. If they feel criticized and corrected instead of encouraged, they could easily be too frustrated to keep going.

I tried to use phrases like “That’s almost it! Make sure the b touches the middle line next time” or “Good start! Now try again making the loop a little more round.” I found encouragement worked better for my son (who gets discouraged easily) rather than saying, “don’t do that” or “the loops aren’t round enough.”

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Should you start with uppercase or lowercase letters?

Don’t worry too much about this.

Some people start with all uppercase letters first and lowercase letters second, since uppercase letters are a bit easier.

It’s a good time to introduce that names are always spelled with a capital letter if that’s new to your preschooler. It’s also good when reading out loud to make the connection that every sentence starts with a capital letter.

Just want a handwriting curriculum?

I hope you see that for preschool level…you truly can teach your kid to write their name and learn to form letters.

But if you are like me and want something you can whip out once a day to practice that’s planned out for you…we are LOVING Handwriting Without Tears. It’s a SOLID program used by homeschoolers and in elementary schools.

This is their pre-k version called Kickstart Kindergarten. We buy the workbook and chalkboard. Nothing else, and you don’t need the teacher’s guide.

DO buy their official chalkboard and a pack of chalk snapped into 1 inch pieces. The smaller pieces encourage proper grip, and the chalkboard helps them write the BIG version of the letter and focus on which stokes come first.

Then, using a tiny sponge cut up, they’ll erase it using the same chalk strokes getting to form the letter twice.

We are now using Handwriting Without Tears as our main way to teach letter formation

I actually am having my now 1st and 2nd grader go back and do the kindergarten and 1st grade levels.

Somehow they’d slipped into some wonky habits and were doing a lot of bottom to top letters, which isn’t great for neatness or speed or cursive later on.

They do 1-2 pages a day. The orange kindergarten book was so easy for my 1st grader she flew through it in 1 month. The boxes and letters are larger in that book than the 1st grade book. And there’s more repetition for each letter.

I feel good knowing they are reviewing letter formation, and it’s helping me to teach them things like bumping the top line and bottom line. Plus, I’m loving the memorable phrases like “Frog jump” for letters you have to pick up your pencil. Or “Magic c” for letters that begin with that curve.

I’ll probably gently introduce my 4.5 year old to letter tracing letters this year using sensory bins and play…and start him on Kick Start Kindergarten next year around age 5 or 5.5 towards the end of preschool. He has to be ready though, or I’ll wait. Sometimes preschool is just too early, especially for boys!

Handwriting mistakes to avoid

Forcing your kid to write before they are ready.

Sometimes kids are capable but uninterested.

My philosophy is that if they are not interested, but capable, I don’t force it unless it’s something I deem necessary. I want my kids to be writing letters by Kindergarten (age 5.5-6). But, if they are 4 and uninterested, then wait 6 months and try again!

The majority of writing begins in the Kindergarten years anyway.

Doing worksheets before any pre-writing activities.

If they are interested in letters but can’t seem to follow directions to trace or copy, then back up and do some fun pre-writing activities.

I didn’t realize that “pre-writing” was an official thing, because kids naturally do some of these things first. Think drawing shapes and lines (my 3.5 year old currently draws mama as a big round circle with about 5 lines of hair).

Also coloring, holding a paintbrush, beading, drawing letters in the air, or anything that strengthens hand muscles and makes writing easier later on is considered pre-writing.

Letting them write or trace the wrong way. 

It can be a lot more work to correct a bad habit than to make sure they learn the strokes correctly the first time. I’m living this. You can’t hand them a worksheet and walk away. You’ll have to stay at watch till a habit is formed.

One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen all my kids try to do is write from bottom to top.

Some examples are writing the letter O starting at the bottom instead of top, or my son wanting to write the tail of the lowercase “g” in his name before circle on top.

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How to teach a left handed child to write

My oldest is a clear lefty and my middle is a righty. There is not a huge difference when teaching them to write letters, so don’t be too intimidated!

  • Make sure they have a proper pencil grip. I have them pinch the pencil with their thumb and index finger, resting the pen on their middle finer.
  • Hold the pencil close to the tip for better control, but far enough away that they can still see what they are writing without having to bend their wrist all wonky.
  • Tip the paper a tad, so the bottom right corner of the page is bit down. This is opposite of the way I tilt my page being right handed.

This is an excellent in depth post on Tips for teaching left handed kids to write if you want to read more.

You can teach your child to write at home

If you are beginning your homeschool journey and feel overwhelmed, know that you have what it takes to teach your child to write their letters! Homeschoolers have the freedom to go at their own pace, and it’s a great way to spend one on one time with your child

If your child will be attending kindergarten, then there will be PLENTY of letter practice there. Or, consider doing kindergarten at home! Kindergarten teachers know that some kids can write many letters and others only some or none at all.  They really try to meet kids where they are at!

Either way, helping your child to learn their letters at home will help them so much! What is one thing you worry about when it comes to teaching handwriting? Let me know in the comments!

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How To Teach My 3 Year Old To Write the Alphabet?

Is your 3-year-old struggling to write letters of the alphabet?

Is your pre-schooler not showing any interest in the writing alphabet?

Actually, there is no hard and fast rule to teach writing alphabets to preschoolers but there are some self-tested tips and tricks that helped my 3-year-old to practice writing alphabets with fun.

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Now let us get started on how to teach alphabet to your child.

1. Teach The Right Order To Write ABC To Kids

We followed a simple rule to begin writing with the standing lines, then slanting lines, half curves, and then full curves like

First Step: L, I, H, E, F, T

Second Step: V, X, N, M, W, A, Y, K, Z

Third Step: C, D, B, O, P

Fourth Step: U, J, Q, R, S, G

2. Simple Short Tricks To Follow

Remembering all 26 letters in order from A-Z would be very difficult for a beginner to remember, rather you can follow these verbal tricks to make them understand the flow of writing.

Letter H: Two standing lines connected with a sleeping line at the center, as two parallel lines joined with a bridge in the middle

Letter I: One vertical line drawn from top to bottom, like a person is standing wearing a hat at the top and shoes at the bottom Letter B: A standing line blowing two bubbles connected together.

3. Use Sensory Trays To Practice Writing

Another fun trick that helped my 4-year-old to practice writing the alphabet in a fun way was writing in the sensory tray. Give a big tray filled with mustard seeds/sand/salt/or rainbow rice and alphabet flashcards to trace uppercase or lowercase letters into the sensory tray with fingers.

You can get these physical flashcards or use this alphabet learning pack as it has everything you need in one place

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4. Alphabet Worksheets Practice

Make a regular habit of writing alphabets on >>> worksheets <<< click here to get the Ultimate alphabet bundle, maybe one stroke at a time or one letter for a week.

This will teach them the right hold of the pencil without any fail.

5. Introduce Flashcards For Tracing Alphabets

Flashcards are a handy and pocket-friendly way to teach any fundamental concept in an experimental way. You can use our Alphabet Flashcards from Alphabet Bundle (available in two variants) to help kids teach tracing alphabets.

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Just download the flashcards, take printouts and get them laminated for reusability. You can use whiteboard markers to trace the letters.

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6. Fun Ways To Teach Alphabet Writing To Kindergarten

If you ask me “How do I teach my 3-year-old to write the alphabet?” then you should look few below-mentioned skill-based learning activities that helped my 3-year-old to write in a fun way.

Work on Fine Motor Activities To Build Hand Strength For Writing

The muscles in tiny hands need extra strength to be built to teach them the right hold of a pencil/pen (tripod hold).

These are the few activities that will work wonders for pincer grasp development.

1. Alphabet Sponge Dab Activity

Give a white chart with some paints to your child, place alphabet sponges (you can also use magnetic letters) at one place, and let the child dip the letter sponge in paint and dab it on the chart. Click here to check Alphabet Sponges >>> Alphabet Sponges <<<

2. Trace The Letters With Pom Poms

We used our Alphabet playdough mats to trace the letters with pom-poms. You can also use buttons, any kind of beans from the kitchen. This helped my 2-year-old to learn about the actual flow of letter formation- i.e. start from the top do son, and then left to right.

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This will help your child work on building a great pincer grasp that will enforce their small finger muscles to work with greater strength when they begin to write formally.

3. Alphabet Uppercase, Lowercase Letter Matching Clip Card Activity

This is one of the activities from our Alphabet Bundle which helped my son practice alphabet recognition in a fun way. Just took printouts, pasted them on cardboard cuttings, and the child has to clip the right letter with cloth pegs.

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4. Lowercase Uppercase Alphabet Matching Cut & Paste Activity

This one is a great fine motor activity and will be every child’s favorite as it works on building great scissor skills. My son just loves cut and paste activities and learning things in a fun engaging way.

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Work on these

Visual Discrimination Activities To Practice Alphabet Writing

We used different Alphabet Activities from our Alphabet Bundle for both Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Recognition. You know, before we expect a 3-year-old to write, we need to make them confident with alphabet recognition- both uppercase and lowercase.

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1. Uppercase/Lowercase Alphabet Matching Clip Card Activity

Just 10 minute preparation time and endless fun added to our learning time. We used uppercase letter recognition activity with a twist of coloring.

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2. Find & Color Letter Hunt Activity

Big sized alphabets on A4 size sheet with alphabets in random order. The child has to find and color the letter. We used this sheet for tracing uppercase letters.

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Use Art Techniques To Improve Writing Skills In Kids

Paints are every child’s first love and if we use them in their learning it gives an excellent output. Check out this amazing Watercolor Resist Letter Painting

You will need:-

  • White Watercolor Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Water
  • White Crayon

You can get watercolor paper on amazon. Watercolor paper is a thick absorbent sheet mostly made up of wood-pulp, or mixed with cotton fibers.

Improve Literacy Skills

You can use Rainbow Puzzle Card Game for matching uppercase and lowercase letters from our Alphabet Bundle. This way learn letter recognition very quickly in a fun way.

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Teach Kids To Write With Blocks

Legos or blocks can be found in every house and you can put them to the best of their use to create letters.

Teach Multi-Sensory Writing

Make your own tactile cards using either glue gun/ wool/ beans or pipe cleaners and give the best sensory experience to explore the letters with their fingers. This will help kids understand the path of motion needed to write letters in the correct order.

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Use Science Activity To Teach Alphabet Writing

We did a salt painting science experiment to inculcate fun into our alphabet learning. Take some cardstock paper cuttings, draw alphabets with white glue and sprinkle salt on them to form the letters. Give diluted watercolors with a dropper to the child and watch them pour these on the salt formations to reveal the colorful alphabets.

Plan Outdoor Alphabet Tracing Activities

If you are struggling with how to practice alphabet writing for kids, then you must try this Alphabet Tracing fun activity when you take your child outdoors.

Just draw letters on the ground with chalk and ask your toddler to collect some pebbles lying around and trace the alphabet. This way we can incorporate learning during playing time even.

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Teaching Writing To Kids

If you are really interested to teach alphabet writing to your toddlers smoothly, then you must avoid these common mistakes:

Mistake 1: Don’t Rush

The biggest mantra to achieve success for any challenge is patience. If your child is not showing interest in anything (even tracing) do not overemphasize it. Keep calm and do when your child shows cues to initiate writing. Kids need a lot of time to explore crayons, colors, paints, and other tools before they begin to start formal writing with a pencil.

Mistake 2: Don’t Miss The Cues Given By A Child To Write

Pencil/Crayon/Thick Markers/Chalk and Paper/Chart/Slate should always be easily accessible to the child. You never know when they are going to surprise you. It’s not like we ask them to write and they begin, in fact just observe them providing easy access to stationery supplies (colors, marker, paper, or whiteboard)

Like in our case, one day my son (2.5 years old) got a sketch pen and started doodling on the floor, instantly I gave him one big chart and observed- and to my surprise, he made H, L, T, X, 1, I, 7, 0 randomly on it. I was thrilled to see that urge to learn and write.

Mistake 3: Don’t Jump To Alphabet Worksheets Before Kids Are Ready

Many moms have a misconception that a preschooler should do writing on worksheets, I definitely agree that a few 3-year-old or 4-year-old kids can write smoothly on worksheets but if your child doesn’t, please do not panic. There are lots of surfaces and materials for them to explore to write.

Mistake 4: Teaching Writing ABC In Wrong Order

Do not always start to teach writing alphabets from A, B, C – Z, instead go with the flow from easiest to hardest:

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, S

If we follow a structured approach we always get a positive outcome. Begin with standing, sleeping lines, then slant lines, and then continue to follow with curves.

Mistake 5: Don’t Neglect The Letter Formation Flow

Young writers usually get confused with the proper flow of writing, they begin to find the shortest way to write ABC which may lead to poor handwriting. Like always teach them to start from the top, go down, and then from left to right.

My 3 Year Old Runs Aways From Writing

If your child also walks out whenever you ask them to write then please focus on below-mentioned points before you expect big from them:

Make Reading/Recognition Practice A Daily Routine

Daily revision keeps the charm alive- likewise, I keep talking about numbers and Alphabets with him- like ” Do you know how 1 is formed? – A big standing line, How E is formed? – One Standing line, three sleeping lines (one at top, one at middle, and one at bottom) with proper actions using my hands/fingers.

In lowercase letters, b has a potbelly, while d has a big bum. p always looks to the right, while q to the left. This helps create a visual in their mind that they always try to copy.

Have A Defined Plan

I know your expectations are very high for a 3-year-old to begin writing, but let me tell you that without an actual plan you won’t be able to succeed. We all moms are too busy in our chores whether home or office that we somehow fail to make a plan.

All we need to teach them writing is an easy-to-follow step-by-step plan that we can follow without breaking our heads. Without letting your child drill into so many things, you can help your preschooler to write the alphabet in a fun way.

That’s the reason I have created my own One Letter A Week Alphabet Activity Plan that is very easy to implement and will show you simple ways of how to teach the alphabet to toddlers?

Invest In An Alphabet Curriculum

Teaching letters to preschoolers can be as tricky as climbing a mountain. But if we emphasize on right skills at the right age, it becomes very easy to lay a strong foundation to teach alphabets to preschoolers in a fun way.

Keeping that in mind, I am here to introduce our Alphabet Bundle that every parent should invest in to teach ABC to 2 year old. It is a jam-packed bundle of activities that covers all basic concepts that a preschooler needs to learn to read/write.

From pre-writing tasks to alphabet recognition, formation of letter sounds, beginning sound, middle sound, or ending sound to building simple CVC words, the bundle includes plenty of hands-on activities to keep our young minds engaged while they practice reading, writing, and mastering the alphabets.

Other Resources for teaching Letters of the Alphabet

Below we have put together a list of resources that will help you teach your child letters of the alphabet.

Books to teach Alphabets

  • My First Padded Book of Alphabets
  • ABC Boardbook for Children
  • Dr. Seuss ABC Book
  • Chicka Chicka ABCs

Alphabet sets- Magnetic/Non-Magnetic

  • Play Panda Magnets ABC
  • Play Poco Magnetic Fun with Alphabet
  • Butterflyedufields ABCD Alphabets

Puzzles to Teach the Alphabet

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What Order To Teach Letters To Pre-Schoolers?

There are many different ways to teach the right order to write letters, but what made our writing journey smooth and effective is what I am going to share with you guys.

We started with some basic Strokes- Standing Lines, Slanting Lines, Sleeping Lines (L to R & then R to L), Curves (Up to Down, and vice-versa, the deep Up or Deep Down Curve), and then Half Circle ©, Full Circles (O) to learn the accurate format for writing Alphabets.

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The right order to be followed when teaching a 3-year-old to write alphabet in an effective way should be like:

L, I, H, E, F, T

V, X, N, M, W, A, Y, K, Z

C, D, B, O, P U, J, Q, R, S, G

At What Age Should A Child Start Writing The Alphabets?

Writing is one developmental stage that varies from one child to another, some may begin to show interest in writing at a very early stage when they are around 3 years and some may fall escaping even after they turn 4.

Do not compare your child with others and stress yourself as a parent if your child is not showing any interest in writing. A lot depends on the approach we follow to work on building their fine motor skills.

Should A 3 Year Old Be Able To Write Letters?

It is not at all necessary to expect a 3-year-old to start writing, studies have shown that a 4-year-old child when he is ready to go to preschool is suitable to start with writing. Before that, we can work on building their pre-writing skills to enhance their tripod grip which most kids lack during their early years.

Our all-in-1 alphabet learning bundle is a powerful resource that will make your child confident in writing uppercase and lowercase letters without demanding your extra efforts.

From alphabet recognition to the connection between alphabet sounds and the letters they represent, the bundle has a jam-packed set of activities that focus on building multiple skills a kindergarten need to build during his early years.

All the worksheets have been thoughtfully designed by education experts to teach multiple strategies for teaching letters and their sounds. You just have to download and take printouts of the worksheets for hands-on learning.

step-by-step instructions with expert advice

And now the first letter, the first word, appears on a piece of paper. Uneven and uncertain. But long-awaited. How to teach a child to write? How can I help him develop writing skills at home? Answers-in our material

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Writing is an important skill that is learned in preschool and elementary school. The opinions of experts differ: someone thinks that it is better not to put a letter to the child at home, someone, on the contrary, is convinced that it is the parent who opens the world of writing to the child. We believe that you can start developing the skill of writing letters at home - learn to draw pictograms, connect dots on paper, draw - not write - letters. Leave the capital letters and intricate, ornate words to the schoolteachers. Teach your child the basics. Get him interested in drawing, help develop spatial perception of reality, teach hand-finger coordination. We will tell you step by step how to teach your child the basics of writing before school. nine0003

Step-by-step instructions for teaching a child to write

Everything needs a system. In training, a systematic, everyday contribution to the development of skills is very important. Compliance with the following steps will lay the foundation for high-quality development of the child's writing.

Step #1. Get interested

Start telling children in an exciting way what writing is, why it is needed, how it originated and developed. The main thing is to present the story not with dry facts. Do it brightly, colorfully, picturesquely. Show your child photographs of the walls of the Egyptian pyramids, which depict various drawings and hieroglyphs. Tell your son or daughter the story of the Novgorod boy Onfim, who wrote birch bark letters in the 13th century, show his monument, and the letters and drawings. The emotional presentation of the story, coupled with illustrative material - all this will resonate with the child. Also invite the child to do the exercises during the stories. Here are a couple of activities to accompany stories that will help your child understand the nature of writing and want to learn to write on their own as soon as possible. nine0003

Exercise 1

Show your child pictograms (wall pictures that our ancestors used to communicate information to each other), invite him to fantasize and make up an oral story based on the pictures he saw.

Exercise 2

And vice versa: make up a story with your child and invite him to illustrate it in detail with the help of pictures. Such tasks, among other things, develop fantasy, speech and storytelling skills.

After the pictograms, go on to explain ideographic writing. It sounds complicated, but in fact, ideography uses simplified pictograms - symbols. The Chinese language is built on symbolism (principle 1 character = 1 word), designations in the transport sector. Acquaintance with the symbols will be interesting to the child if you pay attention to them during a walk. nine0003

You can teach a child to draw simple images with meaning: for example, two wavy horizontal lines symbolize a pond; crossed circle - prohibition, the word "no" and so on. Stories about ideographic writing and "practical ideography" will expand the horizons of the baby, teach him to perceive the world around him more sensitively, develop creative thinking, and teach spatial perception.

If you feel that the kid is ready for more (he asks questions, draws a lot), tell him about modern writing, about languages. Explain that the Egyptians wrote from right to left - it was inconvenient: hieroglyphs, drawings were smeared by hand. Show your child that writing like this is not very convenient. Tell us that we inherit the experience of the ancient Greeks - we write from left to right. Take a digression into history and tell the fidget that Latin was developed from the ancient Greek language, and it became the official language of the church. Latin formed the basis of many other languages ​​​​(English, German). And our ancestors developed Slavic writing, the Russian language. Conclude that today we use the Russian script, an alphabet of 33 letters. Show the child a primer, study each letter with him. Invite the child to circle each of them with a finger. nine0003

Step #2: Practice Moderately

Spend no more than 15 minutes a day on letter-drawing. Let the child during this time repeat the outlines of the letters from the primer. Let him try to draw them. If the letters are crooked - it's not scary. It should not scare you that the signs crawling out from under the pencil of a novice writer do not quite look like letters. Transform the process of learning to write into a game - sit next to the baby and draw incomprehensible signs of eyes, smiles, legs and arms. So the child will have more fun. He will trust you, the process, the primer, and next time he will accurately draw a letter, and not a hippopotamus or a fat cat. The main rule is to learn to draw letters for a quarter of an hour. Let the child rest. Even the creativity that the kid is passionate about can exhaust him and discourage him from learning to write. nine0050

Spend no more than 15 minutes a day on letter-drawing. Photo:

Step No. 3. “We wrote, we wrote, our fingers were tired!” Develop fine motor skills

Together with your child, sculpt from plasticine, build towers and wonderful animals from the designer, draw, color, make applications, lay out mosaics, embroider with a cross. Practice daily, captivate your child with creativity and at the same time help him develop fine motor skills of his hands. If he learns to manipulate various small objects, it will be easier for him to learn to write. Fine motor skills training allows you to develop the temporal regions of the brain that are responsible for speech. If the baby has good motor skills, he writes well, then it will also not be difficult for him to tell a poem beautifully or come up with a story and vividly present it to his family, classmates, teacher. In man, everything is very subtly interconnected. nine0003

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The child's back must not be bent by the wheel. Incorrect posture will negatively affect the health of the internal organs of the baby, his psychological state, even the activity of his thinking. Do sports with your child (gymnastics, swimming). Show him how to walk correctly - straight with a slightly raised chin, rushing the top of his head up. Teach him to sit at the table correctly: the child should bend in the lower back, the shoulders should be slightly relaxed, lowered. The kid should not lean heavily on the back of the chair and shift the entire body weight onto the table. The muscles of the upper body should be toned and slightly tense, but the neck should not be pulled forward. A slight tilt of the head is acceptable. In any case, consult with your pediatrician about how to properly seat your child at the table. He will suggest effective practices for controlling the muscles of the back, neck, arms and will talk in detail about why it is so important to develop the habit of sitting at the table correctly. nine0003

Popular questions and answers

How to teach a child to write beautifully?

Anna Shumilova, methodologist of the platform:

— Is it really necessary to demand beautiful handwriting and perfectly clean notebooks from a child? Some parents are worried when teachers lower their children's grades for the design of notebooks, and they believe that the main thing is to write down the exercise without errors, give the correct answer to the question, and find the right solution to the problem. Other parents, on the contrary, force the child to rewrite the work with blots and expect the teacher to spend enough time on calligraphy in the classroom. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle. Any teacher knows from his own experience that in dirty, untidy notebooks there are rarely work without errors. Order and accuracy help to form a harmonious, logical thinking. If the student writes quickly and readably, this becomes a huge advantage for him in mastering the school material. We are of the opinion that the teacher should teach children to write. Any adult person knows for himself that it is quite difficult to change handwriting or the way letters are written. Incorrect spelling of letters will not help either the first grader or his teacher, but, on the contrary, will cause additional difficulties. However, a parent can help. nine0003

If you want to help your child prepare for writing, it is best to start with block letters and do no more than 20 minutes at a time. You should also explain to the future student the basic principles of writing.

1. The line is the letter house. It has a floor and a ceiling. You can not break through the floor and stick out the legs of the letters from there. You can't break through the ceiling and stick your head out like a giraffe. If such a nuisance nevertheless happened with the letters, you can give the child a colored pencil and ask them to underline the hooligan letters and ask what exactly is wrong with them. After that, be sure to underline the letters that turned out to be written correctly, and praise the child. Another great exercise is coloring. We select a small part of the picture and ask to color it without going beyond the outline of the figure. For little naughty fingers, it's not so easy. nine0050

2. When we write letters, we imagine the rails on which the train travels. If the rails cross, the train will derail and fall. The letters should not dance on the line, but stand like soldiers. After the kid writes a line, you can take a ruler and draw vertical lines through the letters. If the rails are straight everywhere, then the train arrived wonderfully, and you can put a big fat plus on this line! Over time, the rails may become slanted, but should remain parallel. nine0003

3. Written letters consist of a certain set of elements: sticks, hooks, loops and ovals. As we wrote above, it’s better not to collect letters without a teacher, but it’s worth practicing writing sticks of different lengths. To work with an oval, we can draw a box. The oval should look out the window and not get stuck in it. If a child draws a circle, then his chubby cheeks will not crawl through the window. Cheeks will have to be erased. In addition to writing, we advise you to have an A4 lined notebook. If you don't have one, the regular one will do. First, the parent himself draws a large beautiful printed letter. The child paints its elements in different colors. Then we write giant letters (several centimeters high). At the beginning of the line, the parent puts dots, the child circles them, and only then appends the line on his own. Next come the middle letters and, towards the end of the page, the midget letters. While the child is writing, you can ask him to pronounce the sound of a capital letter in a rough voice, the sound of a middle letter in a normal voice, and squeak the sound of a midget letter. That will be much more fun! nine0050

How to teach a child to write quickly?

Anna Shumilova:

— A quick letter is a continuous letter. He will be taught by a teacher at school. As soon as the literacy period ends (around February 1st grade) and the Russian language begins, you can dictate very short dictations to your child. You can use the collection of O. V. Uzorova. You can come up with short funny sentences about your child yourself. This will generate additional interest in the letter. Only practice and control over the maximum continuity of the hand while writing one word will help to write quickly. So that the child does not forget what this or that letter looks like (which happens up to grade 3), it is necessary to spend minutes of calligraphy. nine0050

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How to teach a child to write at home?

Almaz Marsov, director of the online school "It's clear":

- Learning to write can be divided into 2 stages: preparing the hand for writing and writing itself. At the preparatory stage, you need to teach the child to coordinate brush movements. To do this, play and create with your child. Coloring pages, hatching tasks, as well as graphic exercises will help you: graphomotor tests, labyrinths, tasks of the series “connect by dots”, “connect by dotted lines”, “draw the second half” and so on. In a word, these are the tasks that will teach a child to use a pencil or pen - to set the direction of the lines, control the force of pressure, control the size of the image, the clarity of the lines and smoothness. After that, you can start writing letters and numbers. nine0003

The main principle is to go from simple to complex. First, you can learn to write part of a letter or number, then the letter or number in full. It is important to show the child the correct sequence of writing letters and numbers: from left to right, from top to bottom. Too many children come to school with the wrong letter and are faced with the need to relearn. To avoid this, we recommend that you complete tasks with the children and control the correct spelling until they develop a writing skill. nine0003

Of course, the best helper is prescription. As soon as the child masters the letter with a hint, you can move on to a more difficult option - writing in a notebook. The more practice, the more confident and better the child's writing. Finally, the skill needs to be consolidated and improved. Write everywhere: sign drawings and crafts, write on asphalt with crayons, on misted glass with your finger - turn writing into a game and an interesting activity for a child. The more you practice, the faster and more beautiful the child will write. nine0050

What kind of games help children develop writing skills?

Anna Shumilova:

— Almost any exercise can be turned into a game. It depends on the submission of the material. You can draw letters with your nose in the air, collect letters from sweets. You can color the letters, circle them with dots, and then give them gifts. If the letter is oval, it is necessary to give objects that also contain an oval in their image. Write not only at the table, but also with chalk on the pavement, a marker on a blackboard, sand on glass or on a piece of paper, show letters on your fingers, ask you to guess which letter you are in. nine0050

What determines how fast a child learns to write?

Anna Shumilova:

— We recommend taking your child to at least a few calligraphy lessons or watching video tutorials on YouTube. The teacher will tell you how to correctly determine the size of the line and letter. Pen and ink will not allow the child to rush. He will learn to breathe correctly, regulate the pressure on the pen, focus on writing, see the extraordinary artistic beauty of various styles of writing letters. This will be a great experience and will help the kid develop writing skills and strive for perfection. nine0050

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    can be taught a child to teach a child write beautiful capital letters? Of course! The main thing is to arm yourself with patience and pay attention to simple exercises that will help the baby successfully master capital letters and, ultimately, become the owner of an even, beautiful handwriting. nine0050

    You have taught baby to keep posture while sitting at the desk, picked up the right writing supplies and practiced preparatory exercises, it's time for copybooks.
    It is absolutely not necessary to wait for the start of school - the more confident the child will write by the beginning of school, the easier and more pleasant it will be for him to get high marks in writing lessons.

    How to learn to write in cursive?

    Step one. nine0006 Start by showing your child how to write the basic elements that make up all letters. Among them there are vertical sticks, and sticks rounded at the top or bottom, and other "squiggles". Discuss with the baby the appearance of each element, pay attention to the position of the stick relative to the line - after all, all elements of the letters should not go beyond the lines. Start writing these elements - first at pre-set points, then on your own. Second step . Choose any printed letter, draw the child's attention to it. Do an exercise with this letter - for example, ask your child to find this letter in the text, or cut it out of paper.

    Third step . Continuing the game with the letter from the task above, show your baby how it magically turns into a capital! This metamorphosis is of great importance, because often children do not see the connection between "concise" printed letters and intricate cursive cursives. In order to consolidate the comparative stage, proceed to writing this letter. For now, do it yourself - slowly, slowly, commenting on each movement: "I put a dot over the line and move my hand up," etc.

    Fourth step . Be sure to use motor memory in your writing lessons! Using the same letter, write it in the air . Ask the child to carefully follow your movements - he must guess which letter you are depicting. Letter guessed? Ask your child to repeat your "air pas" writing letters. Help him for the first time - take his hand in yours and move it in the air, drawing the desired letter and commenting on the movements. Then ask your child to do the exercise on their own. Repeat the task several times. nine0003

    Step Five . And now, finally, the most crucial moment has come! Ask your child to write this letter in cursive. To begin with, point by point, then independently. Help the kid with your comments in difficult places, and then, after several attempts, ask him to comment on each of his actions.

    Syllables and words . When each letter of the alphabet is familiar and learned with the help of such games, it will be possible to move on to writing syllables and even whole words. Be sure to accompany these reading classes and games to develop attention - this is how you will achieve real success!

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