Getting ready for writing (pre-writing patterns)

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A sheet which identifies the six basic (pre-writing) patterns that form the basis of all alphabet letters.

Throughout the early years, children are encouraged to participate in a range of fine motor activities that develop:

  • their manipulative skills
  • a dominant hand
  • the ability to use both hands together

In conjunction with the above motor activities, introducing pre-writing patterns aids the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters.

Pre-Writing Patterns presents a simple, systematic and fun approach for teaching the foundation skills that are necessary for fluent handwriting. It outlines six basic movements that are essential for children to learn the pre-writing patterns used to make pictures and then combined to make letters and numbers.


Six basic patterns form the basis of all alphabet letters.

– sideways, sideways, left to right

– tall lines and short lines

– circles, drawn forwards and backwards

– zig zags

– up and overs

– down and unders/down, back and unders

 

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