Handwriting: Learning Lower-Case Letters

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Lauren Stern, a pediatric occupational therapist and handwriting specialist, explains how to get your child ready to learn lower-case letters.

    Lauren Stern: Lower-case letters are more challenging than upper-case ones because of size variation and the frequent change of direction required.

    Three and four-year-old children don't possess the motor skills to produce them. So I recommend waiting until your child is in kindergarten.

    This double lines paper is ideal for teaching lower-case letters. It indicates three spaces, top space, middle space, and bottom space.

    More than half of all lower-case letters fit within the middle space such as A, C, and E.

    To help children understand the three spaces that lower-case letters occupy Handwriting Without Tears groups them as either tall letters starting in the top space, such as h, l and k; small letters, remaining within the middle space, such as a, e and m, and low letters, tipping below the bottom line such as p, g and y.