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Letter formation

Handwriting is an essential skill but it’s a very complex task. Legible, neat handwriting takes lots of practice and it isn’t just learning the alphabet – fine motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and an interest in putting pen to paper are essential as your child develops their skills. The final goal is for handwriting to become an automatic skill, so your child can concentrate on what, and not how, they are writing.


Letters of the alphabet can be divided into ‘movement groups’ according to the movement made to start writing the letter. Each group has a lead letter – L for Long ladder letters, C for Curly caterpillar letters, R for One-armed robot letters and Z for Zig-zag monster letters.


Below you will find a cursive letter handwriting sheet with rhymes to help your child remember how to form their letters correctly.