Nelle’s Mini Plan: Letter Formation

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Nelle, age 5

Current Interests: cats, superheroes, dress-up, coloring

Writing: letter formation

Letter Formation Recommendations:

  1. Try the “clever cat” trick, either on a craft stick OR directly on handwriting paper.Clever Cat Trick for Letter Formation
  2. Squirt paint into a gallon-size zipper bag, and use a Q-tip to form letters. See an example here!
  3. Use a dry-erase marker for letter formation practice. You can use a dry-erase sleeve (like this one) or buy a handwriting book from Usborne or the dollar store.

A couple of tips: since Nelle is in school, you have the freedom to make handwriting practice more fun at home. With both of my girls, handwriting really “clicked” shortly after their sixth birthday–it really is a developmental skill. Group similar letters together, such as o, a, g, d, c, etc.

She might also enjoy some simple tracing pages like this:

This post has great information as well:


10 Things All Teachers Need to Know When Teaching Handwriting

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Recommended Resources for Letter Formation and Handwriting:

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Wipe-clean books can be an easy way to bring FUN into a “not always fun” task for our youngest learners! If you don’t want to purchase a workbook, you can turn ANY handwriting page into a wipe-clean activity with these durable pockets.

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Letter formation activities