Alphabet Beats Lowercase Writing Prompts

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One of the essential curriculum tools we use to teach pre-writing skills, along with our phonics and math concepts is a series of videos by “The TV Teacher.” These videos repeatedly model for children, the correct formation of shapes, letters and numbers through a variety of short scenarios. Each snippet features Miss Marnie (an occupational therapist) writing or drawing the target form several times, with different media, while constantly providing the following auditory prompts. She also provides this modeling with several examples of the concept she is demonstrating. You can print these lists to have on hand while drawing or practicing writing with your child! For more information about the TV Teacher, go to: TV Teacher Videos

The following are the verbal prompts we use to teach the children how to formĀ lowercase letters during prewriting experiences:

a  "Up and around, back up and down, a"
b  "Long line down, bring it up and around, b"
c  "Up "and around, little c"
d  "Up and around, up, up and down, d"
e  "Line across, up and around, e"
f  "Candy cane down, line across, f"
g  "Up and around, up, down and a hook, g"
h  "Long line down, up, over and down, h"
i  "Little line down, dot your i"
j  "Drop down and a hook, dot your j"
k  "Long line down, slide in, slide out, little k"
l  "Long line down, little l"
m  "Little line down, up, over and down, up, over and down, m"
n  "Little line down, up, over and down, n"
o  "Up and around, all the way around, little o"
p  "Dotted line down, bring it up and around, p"
q  "Up and around, back up and down, q"
r  "Little line down, up and over, r"
s  "Slither over, slither over, little s, little s"
t  "Long line down, middle cross your t"
u  "Little swoop under, back up and down, u"
v  "Little slide down, little climb up, v"
w  "Little slide down, climb up to the dots, little slide down, climb up and stop, w"
x  "Little slide down, little slide cross, x"
y  "Little slide, long slide, little y"
z  "Line across, slide down, zip over, little z"