Getting Ready for Writing (Pre-Writing Patterns) Factsheet

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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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