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    Playful Learning: Easy Handwriting Practice

    As children and parents settle back into their school (or homeschool) routines, it is a good time to practice some simple skills. One big milestone in the minds of children (and parents) is the ability to successfully write their own name. Many youngsters will be expected  to accomplish this task at school, so it is nice to create fun ways for them practice this important skill.

    One super-simple activity is to print out customized handwriting practice sheets and laminate them so that children can use dry erase markers to practice writing again and again. While this may not sound that exciting to us grown-ups, adding the dry erase element makes this an inviting activity for the budding writers in our lives.

    This great website allows you to choose the style and size font that is appropriate for your child and personalize the text. I suggest the following sequence for young writers (this may differ depending on the handwriting program being used at school or home).

    Name Practice: First Name, All CapsFirst Name with All Capital Letters

    Name Practice: Full Name, All Capital LettersFull Name with All Capital Letters

    Name Practice: First Name, Lower CaseFirst Name with Lower Case Letters

    Name Practice: Full Name, Lower CaseFull Name with Lower Case Letters

    Once you have printed out the appropriate handwriting practice sheet for your child you can use these easy self-sealing laminating pouches to preserve them. Once your child has mastered his or her own name it is fun to add the names of family members into the mix.

    Handwriting Supply StorageI like to keep everything stored in these handy pouches for easy access and clean-up!

    For more fun ways to practice writing names, be sure to check out this great post over at Hands On: As We Grow.

    I also love this Watercolor Name Painting activity over at Hellobee.

    For more tips on handwriting practice, click here.

     

    mariah

    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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