Handwriting Practice

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My five-year-old daughter came home from school the other day and could not wait to show me how she was learning to write her letters. I was thrilled because her school uses the Handwriting Without Tears program, which I think is one of the best. It was so wonderful to be able to sit quietly and listen while she taught me how to write capital letters.

Alphabet Chart
• Small slate chalkboard (HWT sells a nice one, but we found ours at a local toy store)
• Chalk
• Sponge cut into a one inch square
• Small bowl of water for cleaning sponge between letters
• Folded paper towel

1. Write the letter on the chalkboard using the alphabet chart as a model
2. Retrace the letter with your finger
3. Retrace the letter with a wet small square sponge (make sure to squeeze all of the water out first)
4. Retrace the letter with a folded paper towel
5. Write another letter and repeat steps 1-4

More Handwriting Inspiration
Wooden Alphabet
Sandwriting by The Write Start
Penmanship by Angry Chicken
Learning Time by Inchmark
Letter Tracing for Little Ones (printable)
Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Maker (printable)



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Hi!  I went to your recommended site, handwritingworksheets.com and tried to download the program, and got several warnings not to download..my co teacher downloaded it anyway and it was a total sham.  No worksheets.  Thought you would like to know.  

    1. Hi Melissa – Thanks for the head’s up. This site has changed a bit since I wrote this post. If you scroll down on the page a bit to the part that reads. “Our orignal handwriting practice worksheet maker is still available below,” you should still be able to create custom worksheets.

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