By Bella Nordstrom. Letter Worksheet. At Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 08:02:48 AM.
Assessment of handwriting should incorporate observations of execution, legibility, and speed of writing. Execution includes correct and consistent pencil hold, posture, and letter formation. Counterproductive habits in these latter areas are not always obvious from looking only at writing samples and can greatly impede progress in handwriting. For instance, young children may draw a letter such as m using separate strokes, starting on the right side of the letter. Forming the letter beginning on the left side, without lifting the pencil from the paper, is much more conducive to building eventual speed of writing.
Connections involving four letters – cursive b, o, v, and w – followed by a subsequent letter (e.g., as in the words bed, on, have, will) are often especially confusing for children, because unlike most cursive connections, these do not involve going back down to the bottom line before writing the subsequent letter.
Children appear less likely to confuse visually similar letters if they have learned one letter of a configurable pair well prior to introduction of the other letter of the pair. In addition, it can be helpful to teach children to form configurable letters differently; for example, b starts at the top whereas d starts with the loop. Use written arrow cues to help children remember how to form letters.