Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: "Homemade" Handwriting Worksheets

A child who is 4 years old should be learning how to write out their full name. This skill is standard kindergarten readiness and even if you plan to homeschool, as we do, your child should still work to attain this skill in a timely manner. Why? Well, in our house at least, Charlotte spends time with her peers at church and they often bring home worksheets and art projects that need her name on them.

More importantly, it imparts a great sense of pride when a child can successfully write their name on their own. With that in mind, I want to start our handwriting homeschooling instruction by teaching Charlotte how to correctly write her own name.

She is already pretty close to having it down. But, since she has 9 letters in her name, someone still has to spell it for her. And her 'e' is always backwards and upside down. To the right is a sample of her handwriting from the thank you notes we made for her Christmas gifts. I don't think it's that bad, but with practice I know it could be better.

In my search for the easiest way for her to practice writing her name, I found The Amazing - Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker!. It lets you create handwriting sheets based on what your child need to practice. Print style, D'Nealian, and Cursive handwriting fonts are all available.

On top of the style options, there is also a wide variety of practice sheets that can be made - name & sentence, single word, multi-word, and paragraphs. Each is easy to create and print from your own computer.

Once you choose which type of handwriting practice your child needs, there are several options for customizing it. Here's a screen shot of the sheet I created for Charlotte's handwriting practice.


My plan is to have Charlotte complete at least one of these sheets a day. Once she is accustomed to doing them and further along in her reading, I'll make sheets that match her Bible memory verses or the stories we are reading.

Let me know if you try this out as a resource and what your kiddos thought of it.


FTC Disclosure: This is a non-sponsored review. It was written without any consideration other than that of my readers who might find this useful.

3 comments:

  1. I used to do something similar when teaching K - we'd make handwriting sheets for the students to practice their sight words. Also (on the needing someone to write her name out to see), I thought about how in K, students usually have their names on their desk to refer to when writing. I think she's at a great start! :-)

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  2. I didn't know kids had to know how to write their name at 4. Thats good to know and i'll try to remember these resources for my son!!

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  3. Michelle (Messer) TaylorFri Jan 27, 10:05:00 AM EST

    Andy really loved this website!! He's in K now and learned to write his long name (Anderson) in the first few weeks. He didn't want to practice at first. He HATED erasing if he made a mistake. I would recommend coupling the website with a lined dry erase board. This makes erasing much easier. When he was assigned to practice writing his name 8 times, he didn't want to do it until I suggested the dry erase to practice first,... he actually ended up writing his name 16 times since he was so excited to use both. I introduced him to the website and let him type in what he wanted to practice writing. He enjoyed typing in pages from his favorite book and then writing them by hand.

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