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Handwriting: Capital Letter Basics

A look at the four basic shapes that make up capital letters and how to help your child get started.

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-You should teach your child capital letters first because they are easier to master than lower case ones. It's important to use consistent language. The 4 terms I use for handwriting without tears they don't need to know are big line, little line, big curve, and little curve. Once children learn that these 4 shapes can make up every capital letter, learning their formation becomes natural. Always have your child start his capital letters at the top. This is a more efficient approach because beginning every capital letter at the top helps kids develop good writing habits early and eliminates the thought process, so it becomes automatic. Remember, capital letters are all the same height.