A set of 4 posters explaining the handwriting shapes and strokes found in the letters of the alphabet.
Learn to Write Letters by Starting with Strokes
All drawing and handwriting of letters and numbers are produced by a series of strokes that form curved and straight lines in different directions, which are linked together to form patterns, shapes, letters, and numbers.
A stroke-based approach to learning to print letters is allows for the development of motor skills and muscle memory for forming the different combinations of strokes that are used for producing letters and numbers so that a letter or series of letters to be preplanned and produced without the need for visual guidance. This process creates an automatic association between the sound of the letter (phoneme), the shape of the letter (grapheme), and the strokes that form the letter.
Handwriting Letters Anchor Charts – Letter Stroke Reference Tool
Use this teaching resource when students are learning to form the letters of the alphabet correctly.
These posters explain some of the shapes that can be found in the letters of the alphabet, including loops, waves, tails, and arches.
To learn more about teaching handwriting, read our blog 30+ Tips for Teaching Handwriting in the Primary Grades.