Children and letter writing

Which letters should children start writing first?

If you want to teach kids which letters to write first, start with the “tallest” letters. These letters are t,b,k,l,h. Get wide ruled line paper with broken lines in between the solid lines.  Label the top line sky line, the broken line plane line, and the bottom line grass line. See the attached photo taken from Barbara Wilson’s Fundations website.

When practicing with your child refer to the lines as stated above, it gives them a reference point and a pattern to remember when writing these letters. Once your child masters these letters move to the rest of the letters in the alphabet which start on the plane line.

Happy Writing

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I’ve created Outside The [sand]Box as a forum to share my knowledge of child language learning with both parents and educators alike. It’s a place where I will discuss topics such as literacy development, the importance of phonics, language acquisition, and raising fluent bilingual children in the home.

With over 10 years of experience inside and outside the classroom, I truly enjoy helping kids achieve higher language skills. And part of that is staying on top of current educational research. So my aim with this blog is to share my experience with bringing children and their parents closer to their language goals. It’s taken me some time getting this blog together and here it is! Thank you for reading and joining me on this journey! I look forward to reading your comments.

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