I spend time at the beginning of each school year practicing handwriting skills with my students. Most of them need a quick refresher but because I have the inclusion class, a lot of them need the practice after a long summer break.
I’ve used rote handwriting practice pages before. I not only find them boring but they lack the potential to use handwriting as a valuable teaching experience for other subject areas. Handwriting practice is the beginning of the writing experience for my first graders – it sets the tone that writing in my class is important and will be done every day – no exceptions.
I’ve always believed “What you can write, you can read, and what you can read, you can write.” So, I wanted to use handwriting practice this year as a way for my students to not only practice letter formation, but to use that time to practice decoding words and reading simple sentences.
I created this little packet and will be using it at the beginning of the year as we launch writing behaviors in my classroom. I called it: Let’s Read and Write! Handwriting for Beginning Readers. It combines handwriting, decoding, and early reading skills.