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Handwriting Guide

When learning how to write, it helps to be consistent in the approach to letter formation. Not only does holding a pencil correctly put less strain on muscles of the hand and arm, but learning to form letters based on the chart below can also help make writing quicker and easier to read!

The goal is to create a triangle with your fingers:
 

  1. Rest the pencil on top of your middle finger.
     

  2. Lightly pinch the pencil, with your thumb and index fingers.
     

  3. Rest your pinky on the table to hold the pencil at a comfortable angle (to see what you are writing, and avoid hurting your hand).

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If you speak multiple languages, talk about possible differences in reading and writing conventions with your child. For example, in English and French we read and write from left to right, and top to bottom.
In Arabic we read and write from right to left, and top to bottom.

 Letter Formation Guide

This chart shows the fastest way of forming the letters of the English alphabet. Start with your pencil on the red dot and follow the arrow. Have fun practicing the letters using a pencil and paper, a tray of sand and your finger, or with playdough!

Click the PDF icon below for a printable copy.

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