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challenging tracing page.
There are a host of free fonts that you can find online. Once installed, they are available within standard word processing programs such as Microsoft Word. You simply select them as you would any other font and create away.
Here are some of my favorite free tracing fonts**:
Learning Cursive Dashed
Neal Font can be found here.
KG Primary Dots Lined
KG Primary Dots Lined can be found here.
Once you have some fonts installed, here are a few ideas to get you started.
- For new writers start with the first name only. Limit it to one name per page. You can put 2-3 per page and cut it into strips.
- Start with a larger font initially. 75-100 points often works well, depending on the particular font since each varies.
- As the tracing progresses you can lower the font size. Sometimes I create a page that offers the same word in a decreasing size.
- Tracing sheets can be used for more than names. It's a also a great way to learn other important personal information such as address and telephone numbers.
- If budget is a concern you can print your sheet and laminate them. This allows for it to be used as a dry erase board. You can also use dry erase pockets such as these.
- I like to keep small snippets of custom tracing work on the shelves for the kids to discover as they please. This can help ensure your classroom experience doesn't become worksheet driven.
- Offering a variety of writing utensils can increase a child's interest. I'm not a big fan of using crayons for this work but colored pencils, pens and markers work well for us. My daughter's new multi-color pen has kept her highly interested in any form of writing work.
- I tend to offer tracing sheets once a child can recognize the alphabet and has had ample practice drawing letters in the sand tray.