Sunday, October 18, 2015

Perfect Printing & a Freebie!

Hey There!

Fall is here! The cooler weather is upon us, time for yummy pumpkin everything, sweaters and boots, but best of all,our students have mostly settled into our classroom routines.

Are you like me and LOVE LOVE LOVE neat printing? It makes my OCD self so happy. :) I often tell my students, "Your printing looks like my favorite font!" #BLISS

For me, neat printing is not optional. I expect encourage and praise my students for their neat work.

The beginning of the school year as I am establishing procedures and routines is the perfect time to teach proper letter formation. In my first grade class, I review 2 or 3 letters a day. Even though my students learned proper letter formation in kindergarten, I feel that since I expect it I should reteach it.

I love to use music and chants during transitions. This chant is awesome at directing students what they should be doing to start their work. After the first few times of saying it, my students always chime in.

By saying this chant with me, my students forget they were going to talk to a friend at their table and get off task. #winning

If you'd like this FREEBIE to try with your class, you can grab it {HERE}.

Throughout the year, I have my students continue printing practice. I have sent it as homework, put it in a center, or as part of their morning work.

This year, after social time is over in the morning, my students begin their day with Printing Practice with Decodable Text.

It is working out well for me because my students are able to be independent. My students do not need help knowing what to do on their morning work, which allows time for me to work with a few students who need reteaching or support with previous learning.

Each day my students practice an uppercase or lowercase letter. They also trace and write a decodable sentence with the letter of the day embedded in the text. The sentences review basic sight words and are a mix of declarative, interrogative, or exclamatory sentences.

I made these printing practice pages with short vowel decodable text and long vowel text.

Short vowel sample

Long vowel sample 

You can try these with your class FREE, if you download and print my preview file.  You can find both Manuscript and D'Nealian styles {HERE}.

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love you to comment how you teach printing in your class! Do you have any songs or chants you love? :)


  1. Christina, I am obsessed with this writing chant! What an amazing way to transition our kiddos to writing, both physically and mentally! You are a #genius!

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  2. I love it, too!!! I need to MEMORIZE it!! But in the meantime, I'll just print your freebie! Thank you!

  3. I love the poster but the link doesn't work for me :(

    1. Hi Katelyn, I checked the link it was broken, it should work now if you'd like to download. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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