Please see the Youtube playlist below for tips on how to print the graphemes.
Note: the guide uses a smiley face as a metaphor rather than a clock. The eye on the happy face is the same starting point as the 2 'o clock used in class.
In class, students learned how to “STACK YOUR BLOCKS.” Ask your child: “What does it mean to stack your blocks?” This phrase is a reminder that we sit with correct posture when we write sitting at our desks. You can support your child’s development of correct writing posture by reminding your child to “STACK YOUR BLOCKS” at home when they are doing their homework. Please review the differences between “good” posture and “bad” posture using the picture below, and ensure your child’s desk at home is the correct size. Most importantly, your child’s feet should rest comfortably flat on the floor (not dangling) when he or she is seated on their chair.
“TUCK, CHOMP, KISS” is our cue to prompt students to hold their pencils using tripod pencil grasp. Ask your child to show you how to TUCK, CHOMP, KISS. The tripod grasp is the most efficient pencil grasp. Here is what it looks like:
It takes longer for some students to develop an efficient pencil grasp than others. This is a typical progression:
This handout summarizes the basic printing strokes learned at school.