KinderGARDEN

Mrs. Plett's Class Blog

Printing Names

In Kindergarten, we follow the Handwriting Without Tears program for teaching letters and printing. There are many videos on youtube for further information or examples.

It’s always a good reminder to start off with “Where Do You Start Your Letters?” song to warm up!

DIRECTIONS FOR UPPER CASE / CAPITAL LETTERS

A      Big line slides down.  Another big line slides down, little line across the middle

B      Big line down, frog jump to the top! Little curve to the middle, little curve to the bottom

C      Magic C

D      Big line down, frog jump to the top! Big curve to the bottom

E      Big line down, frog jump to the top! Little line across the top, little line across the middle, little line across the bottom

F      Big line down, frog jump to the top! Little line across the top, little line across the middle

G      Magic C, little line up and little line across

H      Big line down, another big line down, little line across the middle

I      Big line down, teeny line across the top, teeny line across the bottom

J      Big line down, turn like a fish hook, teeny line across the top

K      Big line down, little line slides down to the middle, little line slides away to the bottom

L      Big line down, little line across the bottom

M     Big line down, frog jump to the top, little line slides down, little line goes up the mountain, big line down

N      Big line goes down, frog jump to the top, big line slides down, big line goes up like a helicopter

O     Magic c, keep on going back to the start
P      Big line down, frog jump to the top, little curve to the middle

Q     Magic c, keep on going back to the start, teeny line slides down

R      Big line down, frog jump to the top, little curve to the middle, little line slides down

S      Little magic c, little curve back

T      Big line down, little line across the top

U      Big line down, turn, big line up like a helicopter

V      Big line slides down, big line goes up the mountain

W     Big line slides down, big line goes up the mountain,  big line slides down, big line goes up the mountain

X      Big line slides down, another big line slides down

Y      Little line slides down, little line slides down, little line goes down
Z      Little line across, big line slides down, little lines goes across

 

DIRECTIONS FOR LOWER CASE LETTERS

a      Magic c, up like a helicopter, trace back down

b      Big line dives down, swims back up and over around to bump the b

c      Magic c

d      Magic c, big line up like a helicopter, trace back down

e      Hit the ball straight out, run around the bases or little line across, turn up and magic c

f      Little curve up, big line down (like a candy cane), little line across

g      Magic c, little line up like a helicopter, trace back down and turn like a fish hook

h      Big line dives down, swims back up and over, and down to the line

i       Little line down and add a dot

j      Big line down below the line, turn like a fish hook and add a dot

k      Big line down, teeny line slides to the line, teeny line slides away

l      Big line down

m     Little line dives down, swims back up and over, goes down, swims back up and over, and goes down to the line

n      Little line dives down, swims back up and over, goes down to the line

o      Magic c, keep on going back to the start

p      Big line dives down below the line, swims back up and over, and around to bump the p

q      Magic c, up like a helicopter, trace down, and teeny line kicks back

r      Little line dives down, swims back up and over

s      Little magic c and teeny curve back

t      Big line down, little line across the middle

u      Little line down, turn, little line up

v      Little line slides down, little line up the mountain

w     Little line slides down, little line up the mountain, little line slides down, little line up the mountain

x      Little line slides down, little line slides down

y      Little line slides down, big line slides down

z      Little line across, little line slides down, little line across

 

 

Help me learn to print my name!

Why learn how to print?

  • Studies show that being able to print vs type their notes helps older students absorb more information
  • Printing is a motor skill that needs to be learned and practiced correctly just like any motor activity (hockey, dance, playing piano)
  • It is best if we teach them correctly and prevent bad habits that slow them down or make it hard to read their printing.

 

To help our child be the best printer they can be, we should:

  • Practice daily for 5 minutes
  • Use fun tools!
  • Supervise them while they print their name so they do it correctly
  • Use the same words to describe letter formation each time (see below)
  • Have them print in a large space so they can focus on getting the steps of the letters vs trying to control the pencil
  • First they trace the letters using the correct steps, with their pointer finger or multiple colours of markers
  • Then they imitate an adult forming each letter correctly, before copying name from sample
  • Once they can do this accurately, have them try to print with their eyes closed or to print their name without a sample—do they remember the steps to make the letters?

 

Example

Kobe:

K      Big line down, little line slides down to the middle, little line slides away to the bottom

 

o      Magic c, keep on going back to the start

 

b      Big line dives down, swims back up and over around to bump the b

 

e      Hit the ball straight out, run around the bases or little line across, turn up and magic c