Package 4-2: Handwriting
In these lessons your child will learn to correctly form the letters ur, er, oi, and oy.
Week 5 - Package 2 - Year 1 and 2 English/literacy - Handwriting
Things your child will need
Have these things available so your child can complete this task.
- Lesson 1 video – ur, er
- Lesson 2 video – oi, oy
- Handwriting practice sheet – Stage 1
- Parents’ guide to handwriting in the early years
- Lead pencil
- Use blank paper ruled with lines, try to copy the same handwriting practice lines as on the worksheets.
- A lead pencil is best, but can use any other writing tools such as coloured pencils, textas, pens or crayons can be used.
Before your child starts
Make sure your child has everything ready that they will need at the start of the lesson. There are 2 video lessons to complete throughout the week using one handwriting practice sheet with ruled lines.
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. Show your child how to pause the video and start it playing again.
Print the Handwriting practice sheet – Stage 1.
What your child needs to do
In these lessons your child will be learning to correctly form common letter combinations. It is important for your child to hold their pencil correctly (the parent’s guide to handwriting in the package has an image to refer to on page 4). It is also important to follow the instructions for the direction that each letter is formed.
What your child can do next
Your child will need to watch each video for their handwriting lesson and complete the worksheet during the lesson.
Day 2 – watch Lesson 1 while completing the Handwriting practice sheet – Stage 1
Day 4 – watch Lesson 2 while completing the Handwriting practice sheet – Stage 1
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 ‘o’, starting from the bottom of the letter and going ‘up’ instead of ‘down’ and writing a ‘d’ with 2 parts instead of 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. They will also be asked to self-reflect by drawing very small smiley faces to indicate their best letter formation in each line. You might like to ask them why they chose each particular letter.
Options for your child
Activity too hard?
You can slow down the learning by pausing and providing more time to practise.
If your child is finding forming the letters difficult (‘e’ and ‘y’ 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.
Activity too easy?
Reduce the size of the lines, making sure that all letters continue to be of similar size and consistent slope.
Ask your child to write the letters or words on blank paper. See if they can form the letters with a consistent size and shape.
Your child might like to:
- practise all of the letters again, or practise one that they found difficult, on another copy of the handwriting practice sheet or a small whiteboard.
- connect to country by going outside to practise their handwriting. They could write the letters in the dirt or sand, or dip their finger in water and write on some bark or rocks.
- do rainbow writing. Write the letters in a light colour (like yellow) on a page and ask your child to trace over the letters many times, each time in a different colour to create ‘rainbow writing’.
- practise using a computer or device to type the letters.
- play secret letters. Take turns writing the letters on a partner’s back with a pointed finger. The partner has to try to guess the letters that the writer has written.
- play a guessing game where you describe a letter and your child has to respond. E.g. “I am thinking about a letter that goes down, up and over. What is it?”
- make the letter combinations out of dough, rolled up towels, counters or blocks.
- form the letter shapes with their body. They could take a photo of each letter or video themselves making each letter.