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Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons with Arrows

About this Set

the printableThe manuscript handwriting printable lessons offered here have arrows and each letter is presented in both capital and lower case on the same printable.The letters and numbers are large and the page is printed horizontally.

The rule is about 1 3/4 inches tall in the first set and about 7/8 of an inch in the second set. See this chart to compare the rule sizes in the manuscript handwriting worksheets at donnayoung.org

Optional: Use these after using the Printing Readiness Handwriting Worksheets.

Options Regarding A, M, N

the letter a
In this set, you can choose to teach the A as a 3-stroke letter or choose the file Aa na for no arrows. You have the similar choice with M: a 2-stroke M or one with no arrows. The N can be draw in 1, 2, or 3 strokes, however; this set presents the N as a 2-stoke character. This matches the way the M is drawn in the Mm2 file. Of course you can "white-out" the arrows on the N and any other letter and teach your child the way that you think is best.

As of May 5th 2011, all of the files have been remade to repair some of them that had not been printing right. The letters in the newer files are a quarter of an inch smaller. The old letters were 2 inches tall, the new ones are not quite 1 3/4 inches tall. Not only did I remake all of the old files, I made a new set using the same image set. The letters in the new set are just over 7/8 of an inch tall and they have other features that are not on the old set -- smaller letters and pictures. The smaller set is listed last on this page. Donna Young, 5-5-11

The Sets

Set One
the printable
Set Two
the printable

Teaching Suggestion

how to do lessonTo conduct the lesson, first draw the letter that you are going to teach on a white board or on paper. Demonstrate which direction to make the strokes. If your child enjoys writing on the white board, allow him to practice the letter a few times. After this introduction and if there is still time, hand your child a practice sheet. Your child can use markers, crayons, or a pencil to trace the letters. If you have a theme color, use a crayon or marker in that color or you could let your child choose which color to use.

Observe your child tracing the characters! This is THE time to teach character formation. If you hand the printable to your child and then walk away, you are giving opportunity to error. Stand by and watch your child draw the first and second character (at least).

You can opt to teach both capital and lower case on the same day or you can teach them on different days. Either way, try to keep the session between 7-15 minutes. Practice 4-5 days a week.

The lessons can be given as needed or use one of the schedules listed in the right side bar.

printable filesThe Handwriting Lessons - Set One

pdfThe lessons are PDF

Blank Paper

printable filesThe Handwriting Lessons - Set Two

The rule height in this set is around 7/8 of an inch tall.

Blank Paper | Blank Paper with the alphabet

See Schedules Below

 

Introduce Letters By Shape

There are a few shapes that letters have in common as well as stroke direction. If you want to introduce the letters in an order based on shape and stroke see the chart below.

shape: curve left c, o, a, d, g, q, f, e, s, C, O, Q, G, S

shape: hillsr, n, m, h, b, p, P, B, R, D

shape: u *t, u, U,

*t can be taught with a hook or without a hook.

shape: angular and laddersl, *t, i, j, y, v, w, x, k, z, E, F, I, H, L, T, N, M, A, K, X, Y, Z, J, V,

 

Possible Schedules

Schedule- One Letter Each Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:
Print 2 sheets of the same file. Cut each one in half dividing the upper case from the lower case. Teach, then assign one of the half-sheets.

Friday

Review last weeks letter with a printable, Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board. Or teach one of the numbers.

Schedule- Two Letters Each Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:
Print 1 sheet each of the 2 different letters that you are teaching this week. Cut each one in half dividing the upper case from the lower case. Teach, then assign one of the half-sheets.

Friday

Review last weeks letter with a printable, Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board. Or teach one of the numbers.

Schedule- Two to Four Letters a Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:
Print a sheet for each day. Teach, then assign one of the sheets.

Friday

Review last weeks letter with a printable, Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board. Or teach one of the numbers.

Updated July 14, 2011, Donna Young

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