How to Form Print (Manuscript) Letters of the Alphabet
Many UK primary schools start to teach handwriting to children using the print letter style as it best mirrors the print found in children’s reading books and more often than not in the environment around them. Print (manuscript) letters do not join with other letters and many of the lower case letters have different starting and finishing points.
Print letters are quite often taught in groups rather than in alphabetical order, when teaching handwriting to children, as certain groups use the same, or similar, shape and directional push and pulls of the pencil to form the letter, for instance the letter chas the same start point and anti-clockwise directional movement shape that is needed to create the letters a, d, g, o and though a little more complicated the letter s and e.
Teaching the print letter formations in groups can help to limit letter reversals such as b and d. Also by teaching letter groups in certain orders enables children to write whole words, which have meaning to them, and this in turn encourages them to write more. For this reason we have grouped the letter animations and worksheets in the same groups that many primary schools will introduce them.
How to form straight line print letters
How to form curves to start print letters
How to form tunnel print letters
How to form diagonal line print letters
How to form hooks, loops and line print letters
Click on a letter to watch the “how to form”animation.