Tracing letters is one of the easiest ways to teach your child the correct formation of letters. If your child is ready to learn printing, printable tracing alphabet worksheets is the way to go.
Start by printing the letter so your child can see how the letter is formed. You may have to write the letter several times so they understand the steps necessary to make each letter. It isn't just tracing over the dotted lines, but learning how to form each letter correctly. Then let them try it on their own. Many children are nervous about trying to make letters and tracing worksheets give them the added benefit of a bit of self-esteem when they see that they can do it.
There are alphabet tracing worksheets for every letter of the alphabet and you can print out as many as you like!
Make any learning times as fun as possible. Children love spending one-on-one time with parents, grandparents and other trusted adults. So, make the time as fun and entertaining as possible. Focus on how well the child is doing and downplay any difficulties. Let all children learn at their own pace. As long as kids are having fun, learning doesn't seem like work.
Keep lessons short as most children do not have long attention spans. Take breaks when necessary and remember to reward a job well done. Most children are content with verbal praise, although using a sticker chart to show what has been learned also serves as a visual aid of how well they are doing.
Once your child has learned to trace a letter well, have them make the letter in different ways to reinforce what has been learned. Some ideas:
Look for more ways to show your child how a letter is formed. Introduce only one or two letters at a time. Wait until the child is comfortable writing the letters before more are introduced. Take it one step at a time, and soon enough your child will be writing words.