If you aren’t sure when children should begin practicing their handwriting, don’t worry you aren’t alone. Find out about developmental handwriting milestones, tips for teaching handwriting, and grab these free handwriting worksheets for kindergarten to start off the journey.
What are the handwriting progression milestones?
1 -2 years old – Kids should be scribbling in all different directions.
3 years old – Children should be able to copy lines. So if they look at a vertical or horizontal line and circles, they should be able to make one themselves.
Before the age of 5 – Students should be able to copy and draw a cross, diagonal lines, an “X”, and square.
These are all pre-writing skills and once these are set, kids may be able to start their handwriting skills with letters and numbers. Grab this free handwriting progression poster for a detailed explanation and guide to help you, but those are the basics.
How do you teach kindergarten handwriting?
Here are some tips on how to begin teaching handwriting skills to your kindergarteners.
- Handwriting 101 is learning how to grasp the pencil. This pencil grasping help has an alligator activity with it.
- Start with brief handwriting lessons and not very long to keep your kindergartener engaged (10 -15 minutes per day).
- Remind kids that letters and numbers are formed like rain, from top to bottom (from Simply Kinder).
- Some suggest teaching handwriting letters in groups of similarity. Like d, a, and c all have that one first curvy loop, to begin with. Then maybe teach the letters with only lines line i, y, l, etc.
- Letters that are frequently reversed should be taught separately – like d and b. They are less likely to confuse them that way.
- Use handwriting instruction in conjunction with letter sound lessons.
Now that you have a few tips and tricks under your belt now you can start exploring some free handwriting printables and free handwriting worksheets to help your kids make practice perfect.
Free Handwriting Worksheets for Kindergarten
Beginner Handwriting Worksheets:
Handwriting Practice for Kindergarten – We all have to start somewhere right? These free downloadable handwriting strokes worksheets. Once kids learn the handwriting letter strokes, they can move on to formation and then full letter writing.
Kindergarten Handwriting Strokes Posters – These handwriting strokes printable posters help to show how to break handwriting down for your kindergarten students. They do this by teaching the 4 main letter formations to apply in letter formation for handwriting.
Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets:
Kindergarten Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets – With these alphabet practice worksheets to teach handwriting to your kindergarten student kids work on their letter formation, letter recognition, stroke order, tracing, letter sounds, and yes, handwriting.
Handwriting Alphabet Notebook for Kindergarten – Download this free kindergarten handwriting notebook for your kids. The notebook will help your kindergartener practice writing in uppercase, lowercase, and tracing to improve handwriting skills. NOTE: Scroll down until you see the “KINDERGARTEN HANDWRITING NOTEBOOK” section.
Exclusive Handwriting Printables for Your Handwriting-Ready Kids – As I mentioned before many teach letters in groups. Check out this group of letters for kids you know are ready to start handwriting now. The letter groups to practice in this resource are the magic c, the push-up letters, the bunny jumps, and the big line-down letters.
52 Pages of Alphabet Handwriting Practice – As your kids perfect their handwriting skills they can also recognize letters, and learn their letters. This is a great part of teaching where so many learning opportunities are present for your child and all at once. They are very capable and these 52 pages can help for extra practice.
Handwriting Worksheets with Activities:
350+ Handwriting Activities and Worksheets – From popsicle stick placements and drawing these printables and activities for handwriting practice will help your children with a great foundation to writing well.
Handwriting Practice Sheets and Fun Activities – Each sheet for handwriting practice in this freebie has fun activities to keep kids engaged and enjoying their learning process.
18 Fun Handwriting Activities and Printable Cards – These handwriting practice ideas and printable handwriting cards can help even the most reluctant of kids. Some of the cards even have cool themes like Star Wars and Disney-inspired themes.
35 Handwriting Activities (for Your Kids Who Hate Handwriting) – Sometimes we really just have to do what we have to do when it comes to teaching our kids. Handwriting is no different. These activities are great introductory ways to get kids comfortable with writing. The activities range from chalkboard writing and window tracing to spaghetti writing – yes, spaghetti.
Themed Handwriting Resources for Kindergarten:
Animal Fun Facts Handwriting Resource Pages – I love that in homeschool we can use one theme and do almost anything to teach around that theme. If your kids are learning about animals in their homeschool, then these handwriting worksheets with an animal theme is a great addition to your lessons.
Minecraft Theme Handwriting Practice Worksheets – I can totally admit that my son had his phase of Minecraft mania. We had to tame it ALL the way down, but learning with their interests isn’t a bad thing at all. Let your Minecraft fan practice their handwriting with these Minecraft worksheets.
Simple Weather (and more topics) Handwriting Activity for Kindergarten – This simple handwriting activity will get kids writing and drawing about the weather. There are also some simple kindergarten writing prompts for them to write and practice out their handwriting.
Free Resources for Your Handwriting Practice Lessons:
Lined Handwriting Free Printable Paper – We all need some handwriting practice paper for our kids. If you have a printer at home, there is no need to purchase a workbook. Grab this free handwriting paper to share with your kids right from home.
Make Your Own Handwriting Worksheets – If you feel up to it, then you will love this free resource to help you make your own handwriting resources for your kindergarten students at home. Note: You can use this free handwriting resource for cursive and D’Nealian style handwriting as well.
Free Name Tracing Worksheets
If you want to start teaching your early learner how to write his/her name then these free name tracing worksheets can be helpful. We also created some free alphabet tracing printables in both uppercase and lowercase as well as cursive and print.
I really enjoyed this breakdown on How to Teach Handwriting in Kindergarten. They use fun songs and handwriting activities right alongside handwriting worksheets for a better learning experience for your kindergarten student.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!