Cursive Alphabet Picture Cards
Ideal for older and remedial readers! These cards contain handwriting models for the upper and lower case cursive letters with illustrations of words corresponding to the sound of each letter. They are better than other classroom alphabets because:
- Illustrations are appropriate for older students (a for astronaut, not apple)
- Key words contain the correct sounds of the letters (o for octopus, not owl)
- For letters with more than one sound, the most common one is taught first (g for guitar, not giraffe)
- The initial sounds are easy to hear because blends are not used (t for telephone, not truck)
EPS's Preventing Academic Failure handwriting program provides simple and consistent practice for students. Each lesson is on a two page spread. The left page portrays a single, large letter (or numeral) on well marked lines for placement and shape. In the printing and numerals books, there are lines at the bottom of the page marked with a shoe as the line the tails of letters touch, a writing line marked by an X, a middle dotted line marked by a belt that small letters just touch, and another solid line at the top marked with a cap which tall lowercase letters touch and where capital letters and numerals are begun. The right hand page offers two rows of pre-printed letters which students can trace, and blank lines for them to practice on their own. The last line or two may hold a short word for students to practice. Every few lessons there are a couple pages devoted to short words which students can trace and practice. The cursive books are formatted very much the same way, although the lines are no longer marked by symbols (except for the writing line, which is still designated by an X). The book for lefthanders is practically identical, except for the shift in slant. Please note that while the books (cursive as well as print) do show the starting points for writing letters, they do not illustrate strokes or give any verbal instruction. The pages introduce all of the lowercase letters first and then each uppercase letter. There are no additional lessons after each letter has been introduced in both forms.
These materials span grades and include both instruction and practice.