Tracing worksheets are the easiest way for children to learn correct letter formation.
The following free worksheets give children the opportunity to trace both upper and lowercase on one worksheet. This is also beneficial since children may have a hard time understanding that there are two forms for each letter.
Each of the tracing sheets below also has a hand showing how to make each of the letters in American Sign Language.
Get started with alphabet tracing and be sure to practice the sign language letters at the same time. Start by teaching your child their name in sign language. Most children are fascinated by this form of communication.
Is tracing letters beneficial for children?
According to an article titled "How Handwriting Trains the Brain" published by the Wall Street Journal on October 5, 2010...
“It seems there is something really important about manually manipulating and drawing out two-dimensional things we see all the time,” says Karin Harman James, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Indiana University who led the study.”
This certainly gives us food for thought. Not only does tracing require hand/eye coordination and help with small motor control, but it seems to be highly beneficial for brain activity.
So, use the worksheets at times along with other forms of learning. Children love to write letters regardless of the form. When they are just starting letter formation, let them write with their finger in sand outside, in flour on a cookie sheet, or in the snow with a chopstick. Once they can form letters in other ways, they will be ready for worksheets.
Here's an idea...
While you are printing out tracing pages, focus on one or two letters at a time. Then print out 2-3 copies of the worksheet for those letters. That will give your child a few different times to practice. Or laminate the page and let your child use washable markers. As we all know, practice leads to proficiency.