Free name tracing refers to online websites that offer printable name tracing, which is a method used to assist children in learning to write letters. Name traces are commonly on three-rule lined paper with words presented as a series of dots printed out on the page that children trace to practice writing letters.
Word styles for name tracing are found in print, D'Nealian, cursive and cursive Zaner-Bloser style formats to teach children a variety of lettering styles. Additionally, the traces themselves come in several common formats such as dot, dash and hollow print. This allows parents and educators to select the style most suitable and engaging for a child's learning.
Websites offering free name tracing have the added advantage of allowing a parent or teacher to give custom word input for printing out name traces, as opposed to buying traditional print name tracing material. Some sites even allow selection of both text and style for creating worksheets.
The first fundamental of name tracing is for a child to trace his own name. This is commonly a starting point in teaching children to write, as it gives their tasks special meaning. It is recommended to research a child's name to have something to share about where her name came from to enhance the activity.