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Handwriting

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Handwriting Practice Books

In Nursery children all enjoy painting with large paint brushes, their fingers, sponges and other materials. This is the start of the development of their fine motor skills necessary for the progression to the formation of the letters. Children at an early age may use either hand to paint and as the control is developing they may gradually select either their left or right hand.

‘Handwriting patterns’ and ‘The start of handwriting’ are useful papers to be used to help children with their control before they begin actual letters. The patterns in these pages are large and allow the children to obtain the motor skills for the formation of letters.

The child has to learn the correct letter formation, proper proportion, and how to space. Manuscript, Italic and Cursive writing may be taught in Primary schools. It is always wise to check with the school which form of handwriting they have adopted for the children. The National Curriculum states that “all pupils should be able to write fluently and legibly in printed and joined writing” by the time they reach secondary school. Children also need to learn to write their numbers so you will find pages which may be useful for this.

We have also included on this page suggestions which may be used to help left-handed children.

Colouring helps your child with early pencil control.
See also under Creative Activities - Colouring in the Worksheet Finder.

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 Have fun together with colouring
Have fun together with colouring
 Use your crayons
Use your crayons
 Dinosaur colouring pages
Dinosaur colouring pages
 My own book
My own book

 

Teaching handwriting

Many children are very slow when doing handwriting so a task such as writing a story can be daunting. It is easier to give these children more practice in actual handwriting techniques.
Try these ideas. Start with fun physical activities

1. Gross Motor Activities which should last for 5 minutes

  • jumping activities
  • walk like a crab
  • do push ups on floor
  • Use a chair for push-ups
  • Balance on one leg. See if child can do this with closed eyes
  • Walk toe-to-heel on a tape line on the floor
2. Fine Motor Warm-up Activities which should last for 5-10 minutes
  • Rub hands together
  • Squeeze foam balls
  • Rub hands in circles on each other
  • Build a tower with small Lego blocks……have a race to see who can do this first!
  • String small beads
3. Introduce one letter at a time
  • Illustrate the letter while talking with the child how each step is done
  • Child repeats this using their finger and writing in the air. Make sure that they use large arm movements and talk through the steps out loud.
  • Using a finger the child says the steps while writing on the table
4. Actual writing practice
  • Buy a chalk board with some chalk. Using board on a table write letter on board.
  • Try writing on child’s back so they have to guess the letter and then the child does this to you.
  • Write with a variety of pencils and pens i.e. coloured markers, finger paint, pens etc.
 Teach your child to write
Teach your child to write
 The start of handwriting
The start of handwriting
 Colouring pictures
Colouring pictures

 Left handed writing
Left handed writing
 Handwriting patterns
Handwriting patterns
 Lined page
Lined page
 Handwriting practice
Handwriting practice
 An insect alphabet
An insect alphabet
 Animals reading and writing practice
Animals reading and writing practice
 Write the beginning letter
Write the beginning letter
 Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner
 Letters abcde
Letters abcde
 Letters fghij
Letters fghij
 Letters klmno
Letters klmno
 Letters pqrst
Letters pqrst
 Letters uvwxyz
Letters uvwxyz
 Shapes and writing patterns
Shapes and writing patterns
 Handwriting a to z
Handwriting a to z
 Writing numbers
Writing numbers
 Animal alphabet handwriting
Animal alphabet handwriting
 Handwriting High Frequency Words R1
Handwriting High Frequency Words R1
 Handwriting High Frequency Words R2
Handwriting High Frequency Words R2
 Write and colour Jack and Jill
Write and colour Jack and Jill
 Write and colour Hey Diddle Diddle
Write and colour Hey Diddle Diddle
 Write and colour Little Miss Muffet
Write and colour Little Miss Muffet
 Write and colour Jack be Nimble
Write and colour Jack be Nimble
 Write and colour Mary Mary
Write and colour Mary Mary
 Handwriting A to Z 2
Handwriting A to Z 2
 Alphabet writing practice
Alphabet writing practice
 Handwriting double line template
Handwriting double line template
 Squiggles to help with writing skills
Squiggles to help with writing skills
 Writing a
Writing a
 Writing b
Writing b
 Writing c
Writing c
 Writing d
Writing d
 Writing e
Writing e
 Writing f
Writing f
 Writing g
Writing g
 Writing h
Writing h
 Writing i
Writing i
 Writing j
Writing j
 Writing k
Writing k
 Writing l
Writing l
 Writing m
Writing m
 Writing n
Writing n
 Writing o
Writing o
 Writing p
Writing p
 Writing q
Writing q
 Writing r
Writing r
 Writing s
Writing s
 writing t
writing t
 Writing u
Writing u
 Writing v
Writing v
 Writing w
Writing w
 Writing x
Writing x
 Writing y
Writing y
 Writing z
Writing z
 Writing-complete alphabet
Writing-complete alphabet
 Writing-complete alphabet
Writing-complete alphabet

 

 Write over numbers; colour pictures
Write over numbers; colour pictures
 Learn how to write your numbers
Learn how to write your numbers
 Number outlines
Number outlines
 Numbers
Numbers
 Practise letters and numbers
Practise letters and numbers
 Write numbers 1 - 4
Write numbers 1 - 4
 Writing numbers
Writing numbers
 Writing numbers 1-10
Writing numbers 1-10
 Hollow letters abcde
Hollow letters abcde
 Hollow letters fghij
Hollow letters fghij
 Hollow letters klmno
Hollow letters klmno
 Hollow letters pqrst
Hollow letters pqrst
 Hollow letters uvwxyz
Hollow letters uvwxyz
 Number sheets
Number sheets
 Toys handwriting
Toys handwriting
 Days of the week handwriting
Days of the week handwriting
 The right write
The right write
 Handwriting book
Handwriting book
 Magical skills - handwriting
Magical skills - handwriting
 Months handwriting
Months handwriting
 Days of the week handwriting practice
Days of the week handwriting practice
 Handwriting A to M
Handwriting A to M
 Handwriting N to Z
Handwriting N to Z
 Improve your handwriting
Improve your handwriting
 Practise this sentence 1
Practise this sentence 1
 Practise this sentence 2
Practise this sentence 2
 Practise this sentence-handwriting
Practise this sentence-handwriting
 Practise this sentence 4
Practise this sentence 4
 Practise this sentence 5
Practise this sentence 5
 Olympics handwriting
Olympics handwriting
 Handwriting - pets
Handwriting - pets
 Handwriting - my family
Handwriting - my family
 

Cursive writing

 Starting cursive writng
Starting cursive writng
 Cursive writing practice
Cursive writing practice
 Cursive writing practice 2
Cursive writing practice 2
 Animal alphabet cursive handwriting
Animal alphabet cursive handwriting
 Cursive handwriting 1
Cursive handwriting 1
 Cursive handwriting 2
Cursive handwriting 2
 Cursive handwriting a to z
Cursive handwriting a to z
 Cursive handwriting A to Z 2
Cursive handwriting A to Z 2
 Cursive handwriting practice 1
Cursive handwriting practice 1
 Cursive handwriting practice 2
Cursive handwriting practice 2
 Cursive handwriting practice 3
Cursive handwriting practice 3
 Cursive handwriting practice 4
Cursive handwriting practice 4
 Cursive joined writing
Cursive joined writing
 Cursive writing
Cursive writing
 Cursive writing
Cursive writing
 Cursive writing 2
Cursive writing 2
 Handwriting for kids
Handwriting for kids
 Handwriting practice-cursive writing
Handwriting practice-cursive writing
 Best handwriting for ages 10 to 11
Best handwriting for ages 10 to 11
 Sample handwriting & presentation policy
Sample handwriting & presentation policy
 Spelling activity sheet before football
Spelling activity sheet before football
 Letter for Christmas
Letter for Christmas
 Handwriting sheet to help cursive writing
Handwriting sheet to help cursive writing
 Olympics handwriting cursive
Olympics handwriting cursive
 Days of the week handwriting - cursive
Days of the week handwriting - cursive
 Months handwriting-  cursive
Months handwriting- cursive
 Handwriting - pets - cursive
Handwriting - pets - cursive
 Handwriting - my family - cursive
Handwriting - my family - cursive

Handwriting Practice Books

Andrew Brodie handwriting books can be found here.

Wipe Clean First Words Book (Letterland Wipe Clean Books) by Lisa Holt

This brightly coloured book with all children's favourites from Letterland is perfect for first steps in writing. Each scene features a range of everyday words to trace over and each page has individual letter shapes for more practice. Each letter has arrows to indicate correct letter formation. Wipe clean books are perfect for children who are just starting to learn to write. They can practise over and over again and I find it valuable to let them use the books from a young age to begin to familiarise themselves with pen control. The book comes with a pen in a neat holder; all in all, this is an excellent book which children will thoroughly enjoy.

Complete Handwriting Practice (Letterland) by Lisa Holt

This comprehensive book really does offer a huge amount of practice from print letters, through to the first stages of adding a 'flick up' to form pre-cursive letters and then the transition to joined-up writing. This is really an excellent approach and a huge help to parents who often don't fully undertsnad the progression of learning to write. The book strats with useful guidelines on using the book and there are sections on print style, pre-cursive and cursive - every page, of course, has friendly Letterland characters! There are lots of opportunities for practice at every stage with helpful comments to supporting learning; tracing and copying all have their place. I like the fact there are pages on topics such as colours, numbers and days, ensy=uring that all learning is relevant and appropriate. There's even a page for left-handers! Impressively comprehensive and highly recommended.

Handwriting Practice 1 by Carol Matchett

This book takes your child methodically through letters, starting with lower case letters of the alphabet grouped by difficulty. It then covers capitals, tall letters, tricky letters. These are followed by writing exercises which cover a variety of interesting topics - rhymes, writing notes, messages and an invitation. The clear easy to follow format of the book enables children to work independently, and workbook style exercises consolidate learning. Focus points on each page highlight key points for adults. Correct letter formation is shown by coloured dots and arrows indicating how to form each letter shape; dotted lines to write over; and guidelines indicating the height and length of letters.
 

Handwriting Practice 2 by Carol Matchett

This book builds on the learning in Book 1, with a focus on joining letters. The different ways used to join letters are clearly shown and then the child is able to practise firstly by following the dots and then by writing independently. Learning builds up step by step in a way that develops confidence and allows just short bursts of learning if that suits your child. Then there are real-life copying tasks to reinforce learning. The book is easy to follow, with clear uncluttered pages - attractive but not distracting. Good value too with plenty of exercises to do.

Wipe Clean Alphabet Book (Letterland) by Lisa Holt

Children love the friendly Letterland creatures so they will thoroughly enjoy learning to write with their help. This wipe-clean alphabet book has the pen neatly stored in a box on the front cover so it doesn't get lost. Each letter has its own page with a neat little rhyme which explains how to draw the letter - one for the lower case and one for the upper. This is a really clever way of helping children to remember. The pages are colourful (of course!), clear and really attractive with lots of extra fun on the page as well as the basic letters to trace over - the pictures give the chance to draw over smaller letters thus refining skills and adding to the useful life of the book. There is so much here - one of the best handwriting books I have seen and children will find it extremely enjoyable.

KS2 English Sat Buster: Handwriting by Richard Parsons

It's no use getting all the answers right if the examiner can't read what you have written! This, of course, applies to everything we do, not just to SATS papers, so this book has a wide application. We can fall into the error of thinking that children have learnt to write by Year 6 and don't need to improve any further - but there is generally plenty of room for improvement! And that's where this book comes in, as it shows all the letters and how to join them neatly. Each letter has sentences to copy and a paragraph to write out too. 

KS2 English Handwriting Book 1 by Richard Parsons

 This book emphasises the importance of KS2 children having consistent handwriting which uses appropriate joining lines. It is split up according to the joining style of the letter and letter type - diagonal and horizontal to little and tall letters, with extra pages covering every type. Each type has a full page of different sentences to copy, ensuring plenty of opportunity to perfect this vital skill. And to avoid boredom, there are plenty of the fun cartoons CGP are so well known for!

Cursive Writing: Around the World in 26 Letters from Flash Kids

I love these books - they are so much more than just handwriting books. As children practise their writing, they are also learning - and reinforcing by the repetition - interesting facts about 26 different places around the world. Each letter has upper and lower case to copy, followed by a word and a sentence and then children have the opportunity to write their own sentences - I think it would be great if they did some research to find a fact about the place. Each plcae has a colour picture and a fascinating fact. A super book to encourage good handwriting skills. There are more activities at www.flashkids.com ISBN  978-1-4114-6345-5

Wipe-Clean Dot-to Dot Numbers from Scribblers Books

This is a striking book, with its strong shiny pages and bright colours against an uncluttered white background - unusual and most attractive. There are lots of dotted line shapes to draw around on the gorgeous illustrations - the teddies are my favourite! Draw the shapes on the tortoise's shell; give the two spiders eight wiggly legs and so on up to 10 yellow chicks. It's a lot more fun than just tracing lines across the page!Children need to learn early pen control and this is a fun way to practise Practice is the key when learning to write, so wipe-clean books are ideal, as children can try over and over again. As their confidence grows, they will be thrilled to see the improvement. I like the way that the cover of the book advises parents to ask the child's permission before rubbing out the writing - we can forget that children take a pride in their work and may not want to see it erased straightaway. Save it to show Mum or Dad later, then have the fun of a fresh start next day. The book helps counting skills too! A pen is included. Published January 2013.

Wipe Clean Letters (My First) from DK

Starting with colourful photos with dotted lines to draw round, the book moves on to circles, curves and lines, ensuring children have plenty of experience with the necessary shapes before starting letters. Then there's an activity for each letter - much more fun than writing the letter alone. Complete alphabets, upper and lower case, and a page for free play complete the book. The pages are sturdy and durable and a pen is included. The wipe clean format is excellent, allowing children to pracxtise oever and over again and meaning that you can introduce this book from a young age and know it will get lots of use. A lovely bright and fun introduction to writing.

Handwriting Practise Ages 5 - 7 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

As with all CGP books, this is bright,, colourful and engaging - a book that children will enjoy and look forward to completing. There are several different approaches to writing in this book  - first, the various groups of letter shapes are covered, then the different ways of joining letters; capital letters are also included. Each activity has letters to trace over and lines to allow the child to draw the letters themselves. Amusing illustrations will keep children interested. An excellent handwriting workbook. 

Print Writing: A Creepy-Crawly Alphabet Practice Workbook from Flash Kids

This is one of the most interesting and fun handwriting workbooks I have seen in a long while. Children will love to learn lots of facts about creepy-crawlies while they are having fun practising their handwriting - and with four A4 pages for each letter, there's plenty of scope for practice. For each letter, there are upper and lower case letters to copy, then a creature based word; then a fact, then more words with the same beginning letter and finally, space for children to write their own words. Often, we are asked for handwriting books for older children - I will recommend this because it looks 'grown up' and it stimulating and fun even for older children. The use of colour and amusing colour cartoons is also excellent. There are fun activities at the end, and each page is preforated for easy use and photocopying. Highly recommended.

Alf'n Bet's Handwriting Book from Child's Play

With the help of the snakes in this Alf 'n Bet book children learn handwriting skills and how useful they are for recording, planning and letter-writing. It's great fun and an entertaining story as well as a very practical guide to handwriting.  Really colourful and with plenty of humour, this is a great way to make learning to write really enjoyable and worthwhile.There are plenty of ideas for creative writing to try out those newly acquired handwriting skills too, so children can put them to practical use. Excellent value. Look out for Alf 'n Bet Learn Their ABC too. You can buy this book from the Child's Play website.

 

 

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