Learning How to Print

When you introduce your child to printing, you want to create a stress-free environment. Some parents get easily frustrated and may even comment out loud, “How hard can it be to write an ‘A’?” Writing combines motor skills with cognitive learning. For a young child, printing letters can be as difficult as getting the lobster meat out of its shell.

My philosophy is to take the “technical” part out of the technique of writing. Instead of focusing on the exact strokes, I make the creation of each letter into a story. Using storytelling paper (so appropriately named), I first highlight the top line in blue to represent the sky. I then highlight the dotted middle line in yellow to represent the sun. Lastly, I highlight the bottom line in green to represent grass. I tell my young writers that all letters start in the sky and then end up putting their feet in the grass. This sets the stage for the correct formation of the letters and even for cursive writing in the future.

My story begins with the letter “A”, in which “Mommy goes for a walk, Daddy goes for a walk.” Then, they hold hands. Next for “B”, “Mommy and Daddy go to a restaurant. Mommy eats too much and then Daddy eats too much.” The story continues with “C”, a fun roller coaster ride. Then Daddy comes home and gives his child a piggyback ride: the “D”. Then the family goes to the movies: Mommy gets to go, Daddy gets to go, and so do the kids, which forms the “E”. Our exciting adventure continues all the way until “Z”. When I tutor, the kids don’t even know that they are doing work because I present their letter writing in a light, entertaining way with each letter touching the sky and then coming all the way down to the ground to put their feet in the grass.

Download the worksheets: Blank Highlighted Worksheet | Blank Worksheet | Storytelling Worksheet