This week: May 23-24

No spelling test this week.

Review activities

Handwriting Guidelines

My goal is to have the students realize that they will save time in the long run if they slow down just a little bit and "take the time to write it right". (They will continue to hear that a lot!) Our long range goal is neatness and legibility - not perfection. (However, that would be okay, too!)

Things they need to work on:

1. All letters should sit on the line.

2. Tall letters should be twice as tall as the short ones.

(I have them imagine a dotted line half-way between the

lines on their papers. The short letters should be

about that height. Tall and "tail" letters are both twice that size.)

3. Do not make "o"s, "a"s, "g"s, "q"s, and "d"s in a clockwise

motion. The circle part is counter-clockwise, like a "c".

4. Be sure "m"s and "n"s aren't printed. They need humps and should be connected, not spread out.

5. Be sure that "b", "v", "o", and "w" have a "shelf" at the end.

(This should be about as tall as the imaginary line.)

6. "f", "g", "j", "p", "q", "y", and "z" need to have long

tails. No bobcats. Also watch where their loops go.

7. USE YOUR ERASER - IT IS A GREAT INVENTION! Do not write

over other letters or words.

8. I need to see loops in "e"s and "l"s.

9. Close up the tops on "a", "g", "d", "o", and "q".

We will discuss all these things in class - every day - and they will become familiar with these concepts. Now, we just need to practice until they become habits.