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Phonics - sayings for writing the letters

When the children learn to write a letter we always say the same thing to help them remember what to do.

We sometimes use body parts to help children understand where to go. Head is the top of the line above, tummy is the middle space between the 2 lines, toes is the line we're writing on and under the table is below the line we're writing on.

To help children when they begin to write, if they need to,  we will write the letters larger than normal to allow them the space to develop the pencil control to form the letters before working on reducing their size.

 

 - Leading line up and over the top and stop! Go back the other way and underneath

 

 - Leading line up and over the top and stop! Go back the other way, underneath, go back the other way again and then hook out.

 

 - Leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way and underneath. Up to the top, down to the bottom and hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your head and stop, back down to your toes and underneath. Pencil off, fire the arrow. (Children who are left handed may find it easier to fire the arrow from right to left.)

 

- Leading line up to your tummy, back down under the table, up to your tummy and blow a bubble, hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your tummy and stop, back down to your toes and underneath. Pencil off, one eye. (This is the dot.)

 

 

- Leading line up to your tummy, back down to your toes. Up over the bridge and down then hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your tummy, back down to your toes. Up over the bridge and down, over the bridge and down again then hook out.

 

- (I often say start your d with a curly c) Leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way,  and underneath! All the way up to your head, down to your toes then hook out.

 

- Leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way and underneath! Up to the top, down under the table and cross your legs.

 

- Leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way and underneath, around and all the way back to the top. Stop and shoulder join out.

 

- Leading line up to your head, back down to your toes, up to your tummy, blow a bubble, kick then hook out.

 

 

- Leading line up and chase it around.

 

 

- Leading line up, smiley face, down then hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your tummy, back down to your toes, up and open your umbrella, small hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your head, back down to your toes, up to your tummy, over the bridge and down then hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your head, back down to your toes, up to your tummy, blow a bubble then hook out.

 

 

f (picture coming soon) - Start at the line, leading line up and around, straight down, under the table, around the other way, meet in the middle then hook out.

 

- Leading line up to your head, down to your toes, underneath and hook out.

 

 

 

- Leading line up up to your tummy, down under the table and cross your legs. One eye.

 

 

- Leading line up, along the path, down the slide and along the path again.

 

 

- Leading line up, 2 sharks teeth, down, up, down, up shoulder join out.

 

- Leading line up, sharks tooth, down, up shoulder join out.

 

- Leading line up to your tummy, smiley face, down under the table and cross your legs.

 

- Leading line up and down the slide. Pen off. Cross the other way.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up, over the top and stop! Go back the other way and underneath! Up to the top, down under the table and kick back.

 

When we begin to join letters anything that requires you to take your pen off the paper waits until you've finished joining all the letters in the word.

This happens with any words containing the letters - t, i, j and x.

e.g. In the word cattle you would only cross the t's at the end. In the word jiggle you would dot the j and i at the end. In the word axels you would draw the first part of the x and then carry on into the other letters, at the end you would 'cross the other way'.

This is to preserve the flow of the writing and the muscle memory of the formation.

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