Package 1-2: Handwriting

In these lessons your child will be learning to correctly form the letters s, a, t and p, in both the lower case and the capital form.

Week 2 – Package 2 - Kindergarten English/Literacy - Handwriting

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

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Lesson videos – Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, Lesson 4

Handwriting worksheets

Use blank paper ruled with lines, try to copy the same handwriting practise lines as on the worksheets.

Parents’ guide to handwriting in the early years

Blank paper or workbook


Pencils are best, but can use any other writing tools such as textas, pens or crayons.

Before you start

Make sure your child has everything ready that they will need at the start of the lesson. There are 4 video lessons and 4 handwriting worksheets to complete throughout the week.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up for the video lessons. It will help if your child is in a quiet environment so that they can hear all of the instructions and learn how to form the letters correctly.

Print the worksheets.

What your child needs to know and do

In these lessons your child will be learning to correctly form the letters s, a, t and p, in both the lower case and the capital form. It is important for your child to hold the pencil correctly (the parent’s guide to handwriting in the package has an image to refer to). It is also important to follow the instructions for the direction that letter is formed in.

What to do next

Your child will need to watch each video for their handwriting lesson and complete the worksheet throughout the week.

Check that your child is forming the letters correctly. Common mistakes that young learners can make will be going clockwise instead of anti-clockwise when forming an ‘a’, starting from the bottom of the letter and going ‘up’ instead of ‘down’ and writing a ‘p’ with 2 parts instead in one complete motion. If you notice your child doing something incorrectly you could show them the right way, and do some more practise.

There will be questions in the video that your child needs to respond to. Encourage your child to interact with the lesson by responding out loud. You may consider pausing the videos at times if your child needs more time to respond to the questions.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

You can slow down the learning by pausing and providing more time to practise.

If your child is finding forming the letters difficult (‘a’ can be tricky for some young learners) try gently placing your hand over theirs and move their hand for them, so that they can feel the movement.

Sometimes writing the letter on the page and asking your child to trace over the letter can assist with learning the formation

Encourage students to write words using the letters s,a,t and p.

Give students more practise writing the letters from left to right across the page, making sure that all letters are of similar size and consistent slope.

Extend the learning

  • Find these letters in printed materials around the house, and ask your child to use their finger to trace over the letter, paying attention to the direction for the correct formation.
  • Say the phonemes (sounds) that these letters can represent while they are writing them.
  • Use finger to write the letters in a sand box, or in some shaving cream on the tiles in the bathroom, or on a plate of rice.
  • Rainbow writing. Write the letters in a light colour (like yellow) on the page and ask your child to trace over the letter many times, each time in a different colour to create ‘rainbow writing’.
  • Encourage writing words that blending these letters together can make, like sat, at, pat, tap, sap.
  • Take turns writing the letters on a partners back with a pointed finger. The partner has to try to guess the letter that the writer written.
  • Play a guessing game where you describe the letter and your child has to respond. E.g. “I am thinking about a tall letter that goes straight down, then across. What is it?”
  • Make the letters out of playdough
  • Set a challenge to form the letter shapes with their bodies.

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