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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.

 

 - Start at the line, leading line up and over the top and stop! Go back the other way, underneath, around and stop!

 

 - Start at the line, leading line up and over the top and stop! Go back the other way, underneath, around and stop! Go back the other way again and then hook out.

 

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

 

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

 

- Start at the line, leading line up to your tummy, stop, back down under the table and stop, up to your tummy and blow a bubble, hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up to your tummy and stop, back down to your toes, underneath and hook out. One eye. (This is the dot.)

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and stop, back down to your toes and stop. Up over the bridge and down then hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and stop, back down to your toes and stop. Up over the bridge and down, over the bridge and down again then hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way, underneath, around and stop! All the way up to your head, down to your toes then hook out.

 

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

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way, underneath, around and all the way back to the top. Stop and hook out at the top.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up to your head, back down to your toes, up to your tummy, blow a bubble, kick then hook out.

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and around, back down underneath and hook out.

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and stop, back down and underneath and smile, up, down then hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and stop, back down to your toes, up and open your umbrella, small hook out.

 

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

 

- Start at the line, 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.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up to your head, down to your toes, underneath and hook out.

 

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up up to your tummy and stop, down under the table and cross your legs. One eye.

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up, along the path, down the slide and along the path again.

 

 

- Start at the line, leading line up, 2 sharks teeth, down, up, down, up then hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up, sharks tooth, down, up then hook out.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up to your tummy, stop, down underneath and smile, down under the table and cross your legs.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and down the slide. Pen off. Cross the other way.

 

- Start at the line, leading line up and over the top, stop! Go back the other way, underneath, around and stop! 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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