This coming week students will practice writing out each letter of the alphabet (uppercase and lowercase).
Many students in the class are advanced writers, so they may not understand why they are working on tracing letters. I've noticed several issues affecting a number of students in the class. Although the students know the correct way to spell/write a word, they do the following:
* Write particular letters backwards
* Use capital letters at the end or in the middle of words
* Struggle to write neatly (which can hurt them when completing standardized tests that include a writing section)
* Start in the wrong place when writing out certain letters (which can make cursive writing difficult because it requires a writer to start and end their letters in a particular place)
I know a high school student who is extremely bright (in fact, he is gifted), yet he is still struggling when it comes to writing legibly and even holding his pencil properly. I don't want our students to face that same struggle years from now as high school students or young adults. Let's be proactive and nip the problem in the bud.
Please encourage students to complete the three (3) handwriting worksheets I will be sending home with them this week (I am also including a link to the worksheets on this webpage. Before downloading the worksheets, I encourage you to scan them for viruses). What is key for students in completing the worksheets is not simply copying the letters, but placing their pencil at the point marked "1" and following the arrows. This is what I will be doing with each student in class.
I am so excited that we are partnering together to make the path easier and brighter for our future adults!