An important consideration is the order to teach the letters in. Think of letters that require similar pathways, including horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, and curves. Introduce letters according to these physical characteristics. Children may find letters that use only horizontal and vertical lines to be the easiest to begin with. These are the letters L, F, T, H, I, and E. Next, introduce letters that contain curves, such as D, B, P, and J. Lastly, have children practice letters that contain diagonal lines, including A, M, W, and Z. You will see that having directional arrows as well as guidelines on the paper will be very helpful for beginning writers. They will develop a motor plan for writing, which allows them to automatically know the steps to follow to form each letter, in the correct order.
When learning how to print the uppercase letters, children start each letter at the top and move downwards. This makes it easy for them to know where to start. Use worksheets that provide directional arrows so children learn the correct pathways.
There are three writing styles to consider using: Zaner-Bloser style, D’Nealian style, and Handwriting Without Tears style. Zaner-Bloser and D’Nealian styles use 3/4 horizontal ruling, a red baseline, a broken blue midline, and a descender space. Handwriting Without Tears style uses 3/8 inch double-lined ruling.