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Handwriting: Learning Low-Case Letters

Lauren Stern, a pediatric occupational therapist and handwriting specialist, explains how to get your child ready to learn lower-case letters.

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Lowercase letters are more challenging than uppercase ones because of size variation and the frequent change of direction required. Three or four-year old children don't possess the motor skills to produce them, so I recommend waiting until your child is in kindergarten. This double lines paper is ideal for teaching lowercase letters. It indicates three spaces; top space, middle space and bottom space. More than half of all lowercase letters fit within the middle space such as A, C, and E. To help children understand the three spaces that lowercase letters occupy handwriting with [unk] group stem as either tall letters, starting in the top space such as H, L and K. Small letters remaining within the middle space such as A, E and M, and low letters tipping below the bottom line such as P, G and Y.