Beginning Manuscript Handwriting Lessons with Arrows

About Large Letters

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 a little larger than 1 3/4 inches tall in the first set and a little larger than 1 3/8 of an inch in the second and third sets. 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 aIn 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.

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.

If you want to introduce letters by the direction of a pencil stroke or shape see chart below.

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 below.

The Handwriting Lesson Sets

Set One
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/4"
Set Two
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/8"
Set Three
the printable
Rule approx. 1 3/8"

printable filesHandwriting Lessons - Set One

pdfThe lessons are PDF

"na" indicates No Arrows
Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.

Blank Paper

K1 - letter t with hook

printable filesHandwriting Lessons - Set Two

The rule height in this set is around 1 3/8 of an inch tall.

"na" indicates No Arrows
Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.

Set Three

Set Three is the practice set. It has no arrows and except for the small letters on the sides, there are no repeating letters. The rule height in this set is around 7/8 of an inch tall.

Oo R means uppercase letter "O" is round rather than oval.
Tt H means the lowercase letter "t" has a hook.

See Schedules Below

 

If you want to 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 1 - One Letter Each Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:

  1. Print 2 sheets of the same file.
  2. Cut each one in half dividing the upper case from the lower case.
  3. Teach and then assign one of the half-sheets.
Friday

Choose One

  • Review last week's letter(s) using a printable, a Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board.
  • Teach and practice a number.
  • Have no penmanship lesson today.

Schedule 2 - Two Different Letters Each Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:

  1. Print 1 worksheet for each of the 2 different letters that you are teaching this week.
  2. Cut each one in half dividing the upper case from the lower case.
  3. Teach and then assign one of the half-sheets.
Friday

Choose One

  • Review last week's letter(s) using a printable, a Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board.
  • Teach and practice a number.
  • Have no penmanship lesson today.

Schedule 3 - Three to Four Letters a Week

Monday - Thursday

General Instructions for each day:

  1. Choose which letters to teach and print a worksheet for each letter.
  2. Teach and then assign one of the worksheets.
Friday

Choose One

  • Review last week's letter(s) using a printable, a Blank Paper, or the white board/chalk board.
  • Teach and practice a number.
  • Have no penmanship lesson today.

Updated April 24, 2014, Donna Young

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