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handwriting - tracing
June 6, 2012 at 8:57 PM

i am doing K with my 5 year old this fall and she hates bookwork. that is fine with me except that i can't get her to do handwriting worksheets (tracing letters) without tears and frustration. she can write all her letters and some words but i wanted her to still do some tracing to learn proper technique and improve handwriting. it is just a big fight and we both end up upset. is there a way to teach proper handwriting without the lined tracing sheets? i thought about letting her do it in paint and such (put paint in a ziplock and let her write with fingers, no mess) but that really doesn't help with technique because she has no lines to go by. how can i make handwriting fun?


  • motheroffour186
    February 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM


    Quoting mynameismuerte:

    I used a 1 gallon sized ziploc and filled it with a bottle of hair gel from the dollar store, blue food coloring and glitter. I taped the edges of it, lol. My kids loved that thing.

    Honestly I wouldn't worry about lines yet if she's not interested. I would focus on making it fun while learning the proper way. Writing big on chalkboards, dry erase boards, rice on a baking sheet or making letters with play-doh. Writing on the lines will come.





    Write a line (your body is your line and kick with one arm then kick with your leg

    we write on chalkboard and in the air

  • coffeelover2
    February 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I had them practice outside using side walk chalk.

  • blessedhappymom
    February 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM
    I agree. We use Hanwriting Without Tears and my son loves it!! It's a multi sensory approach. So as you introduce a letter, you learn how to build the letter with wooden pieces. Also, they only use 4 types of lines to create letters-big/little line, small/big curve. After you build, you can make the letter with play dough, then trace it on a small chalkboard-use a small wet sponge to clean it then a dry napkin to dry it- so you get the motion of 'tracing' the letter 3 times with that activity. They have a workbook, but you trace the letter only 4 times in the workbook. There's also an app. The way the letter formation is taught ensures that letters are written correctly. If you buy direct its pricey, but I got everything off eBay for under $50. Hope this helps.

    Quoting sunflowerfreak:

    I know I'm a little late on this but I thought if you haven't found anything to help your daughter with learning how to print I thought I would say that has been working with my son on his cursive skills.  You might want to try handwriting without tears.  their website is http://www.hwtears.com/ .  They have a whole cirriculum that starts off with printing and then goes into cursive but it's what my son started out with when he was Occupational Therapy and we just followed it through to cursive.  He loves it a lot and has been doing it since the beginning of this school year.  I hope that helps.  Sorry it's late.

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