What are some good ways to practice printed handwriting?


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Worksheets, fill-in-the-blank stories, art captions, and pencil-and-paper alternatives such as sidewalk chalk and shaving cream are some ways to practice printed handwriting. The most effective types of printing practice depend on the child and his level of proficiency.

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K12 Reader has upper and lowercase worksheets for every letter of the alphabet in Zaner-Bloser style. Each page includes letters to trace with numbered guides, traceable letters without guides, space to print the letter independently, and two words to trace and practice. HandwritingWorksheets.com features a handwriting worksheet generator that creates practice sheets with letters, words, sentences or paragraphs in either D'Nealian or Zaner-Bloser style.

Fill-in-the-blank stories such as Mad Libs are a fun way to let children practice their printing skills while also enhancing reading and comprehension. Use classic Mad Libs books or make your own fill-in-the-blank story based on your child's interests and language skills. Adding captions to artwork or printing messages in hand-drawn greeting cards also improve printing and handwriting.

Sometimes a break from pencils and paper make printing practice more appealing. Use chalkboards, dry-erase boards, sidewalk chalk or a Magna Doodle to add excitement to writing sessions. Let children use fingers, pencil tops, cotton swabs or sticks to print letters or words in shaving cream, paint-filled bags or colored sand for more practice.

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