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Catholic Alphabet Handwriting ABC's for Children

Encourage Development of Good Handwriting Skills While Reinforcing the Catholic Faith in Your Classroom or Learning Environment.

See Progress

By using our handwriting program as suggested, learners can improve their handwriting in as little as 10 minutes of daily use.  They can also track their progress with our fun learning chart.

The Perfect Blend

We merge Scripture, printables, and fun in a unique and engaging way.  Lessons are adaptable for multiple learning-levels  because the teacher controls the pace and content.

You Can Do It

Our materials are easy to implement because they are useful and flexible.  We also provide lots of additional printables that you can use to enhance your teaching sessions.

Create Connections

Our program works because it relies on teacher-student interaction.  Teachers can share God’s Word while encouraging a dialog about its meaning and application.

“Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.”  – St. Thomas Aquinas

Merging Handwriting and Catechesis

That Catholic Alphabet Handwriting Program relies on teacher-student interaction, varied repetition, and joyful diligence.  The writing sheets we created are cheery and can be printed out as needed with either color or black-and-white images, which many children love to color. Teachers control the content and materials provided to students. This easily allows them to tailor and pace the program to meet the individual needs and abilities of their students.  Students in the same class often differ in skill levels, which, at times, can cause a bit of anxiety for learners.  Some students may only be capable of tracing one letter at a time, while others may have a better command of their fine motor skills and be able to string multiple letters together to make longer words, or write out the entire copywork passages we provide.  When materials are flexible, teachers can adapt them on the fly.  This fact alone can make teaching easier and less stressful.

We incorporate the Faith into the entire alphabet in this program and reinforce just about every topic presented with either a scriptural passage or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  To enrich the learning experience, we hope that the Faith element is reinforced in some way during handwriting practice.  This can be done in some different ways.

  • Repeat the copywork passage aloud daily to your students.
  • Choose to download and use any of the additional suggested complementary activities we provide to our membership at Thatresourcesite.com.
  • Have children work to memorize the copywork passage each week.
  • Explore and include any of the possible complementary themes, ideas, and printables we provide for each letter to personalize the program to meet the age and needs of your learners.

What Is Included in the Program?

That Catholic Alphabet Handwriting Program offers a great selection of materials for both teachers and students to use.  When you download the .zip program file, you will get all the following resources neatly organized by letter.  It’s nearly 350 pages of resources!

Teacher Materials – This resource gives an overview of the program and materials, instructions on how to use the materials for handwriting and catechesis, lesson sheets for each letter of the alphabet, and the student folder materials.

Alphabet Letter Sample Posters – The posters feature each letter of the alphabet in manuscript as well as cursive writing.  A version of each is provided in color and black-and-white.

Alphabet Letter Writing Paper – These writing paper sets feature each letter with four different line-spacing options to accommodate a variety of handwriting skill levels.

Copy and Color Passage Sheet – The copywork coloring sheet collection provides passages for copywork.  Students can decorate the completed sheets.  The passages provided match each letter and symbol in some way.

Traceable Manuscript Letter Sheets – Use these traceable letter sheets to help children learn the basics of manuscript (print) handwriting.  A black-and-white image is provided on each page.

Student Progress Sheet with Cut-Out Letters – Students can use this fun addition to keep track of the letters they have completed.  Letters from completed lessons are cut out and glued on the progress sheet.  Teachers should distribute the letters – one to each child.  Older students may hold their sheets if desired.  These letters could also be printed on sticker paper

Student Folder Covers – Students can slip these individualized sheets into the front of a plastic covered three-ring binder.  Covers are available in color or black-and-white versions.

Teacher Lesson Sheets – These useful pages highlight each letter’s faith focus, copywork passage, possible complementary themes, and provide spacing for prep and planning needs.

But Wait, There’s More!

To help you make the best use of this program and adapt it to your specific teaching needs, we have created 26 Online Support Pages to give you additional ideas for themes, activities and printable resources to enhance your alphabet lessons. For your convenience, the pages highlight each letter’s faith focus, copywork passage, and possible complementary themes.  The letter pack and a sampling of printable resources to enhance your lesson are also provided for immediate download, in case you haven’t downloaded these resources yet.  Of course, more resources can be found in the Downloads collection on our website, but these are some of our favorite go-along materials.

How Can I Use the Handwriting Materials?

There are four different usage levels in this program.  As this program is very flexible, each level differs slightly allowing teachers to choose the best fit for their students.  Instructors are always free to deviate from our ideas to adapt the use of our materials to suit their needs.

 

Level I – Letter Recognition Manuscript (Daily or Weekly)

Level II – Letter Recognition Cursive (Daily or Weekly)

Level III – Introducing Basic Manuscript or Cursive (Weekly or to suit your needs)

Level IV – Honing Basic Manuscript or Cursive (Weekly, daily, or to suit your needs)

 

Each of the levels below has a description, schedule, generalized age group, and steps for use.

Level I – Letter Recognition Manuscript (Letters presented daily or weekly)

This level is for students who are just learning to recognize letters and read and write the alphabet, including learners in Preschool-Kindergarten.

1. Post the letter poster.

2. Demonstrate letter formation on a chalkboard, whiteboard or a piece of paper.

3. Provide the Copywork Passage Sheet.  Read the passage and allow the child to color at leisure.  Reinforce the faith element daily or as desired using additional complementary resources from Thatresourcesite.com.

4. Encourage writing.  Give each child a traceable manuscript letter sheet.  Tracing should occur daily.  As writers gain confidence, allow them to form the letters rather than trace them.  After the covering the entire alphabet, challenge learners to write small words (cat, sit, egg, etc.) or even a few letters at a time.

5. Have the child mark completed letters on the Student Progress Sheet.

 

Level II – Letter Recognition Cursive (Daily or Weekly)

This level is for students who are familiar with reading manuscript letters and have solid early reading skills.  They have some manuscript letter formation techniques. Generally speaking, they do not recognize or know how to read cursive letters yet, including learners in Gr.1-2.

1. Post the letter poster.

2. Demonstrate letter formation on a chalkboard, whiteboard or a piece of paper.

3. Provide the Copywork Passage Sheet.  Read the passage and allow the child to color at leisure.  Reinforce the faith element daily or as desired using additional complementary resources from Thatresourcesite.com.

4. Encourage writing.  Give each child a large, primary spaced writing sheet for daily letter practice. Training should occur daily or as often as necessary.  As writers gain confidence, ask that a few previously covered letters be linked together.  Words do not need to be used at this point.  Once students are familiar with all the letters of the alphabet, simple words may be written as a review.

5. Have child mark completed letters on the Student Progress Sheet.

 

Level III – Introducing Basic Manuscript or Cursive (Weekly or to suit your needs)

This level is for students who are solid readers and are improving their manuscript writing skills.  They may be familiar with reading cursive writing, but can’t write the letters correctly yet, including learners in Gr.2-4.

1. Post the letter poster.

2. Demonstrate letter formation on a chalkboard, whiteboard or a piece of paper.

3. Provide the Copywork Passage Sheet.  Read the passage, introduce and discuss the faith element, and allow the child to color the passage sheet at their leisure if desired.  Reinforce the faith element daily or as desired using additional complementary resources from Thatresourcesite.com.

4. Encourage writing.  Give each child large or medium spaced writing sheet for daily letter practice.  As letters are learned, ask that a few letters be linked together, which the student has previously covered.  As writers gain confidence, allow them to write simple words.  Try to include the word from the poster, if possible.  The skill of dictation can also be developed at this level if the teacher calls out the practice letters or words.

5. Have child mark completed letters on the Student Progress Sheet.

 

Level IV – Honing Basic Manuscript or Cursive (Weekly, daily, or to suit your needs)

This level is for students who are working toward proficiency and ease in either manuscript or cursive penmanship, including learners in Gr.3-6.

1. Post the letter poster.

2. Provide the Copywork Passage Sheet.  Read the passage, introduce and discuss the faith element, and allow the child to color the passage sheet at their leisure if desired.  Reinforce the faith element daily or as desired using additional complementary resources from Thatresourcesite.com.

3. Encourage writing.  Give each child medium or small spaced writing sheet for daily copywork practice.  Writers at this level should be able to write out the entire copywork passage and accurately note the proper capitalization and punctuation marks.

4. Have child mark completed letters on the Student Progress Sheet.

Please note that the scheduled use provided for each level is only a suggestion.  We know that some formal teaching programs incorporate handwriting daily, while other less structured programs may require practice every other day, once a week, or only as needed.  Learning and teaching styles can also play a role in finding a schedule that will work the best for your students.  Learners should enjoy their handwriting practice if they are not pressured or scrutinized.  As well, the materials and methods should encourage skill development by providing a nice balance of challenge while avoiding frustration and boredom.

We suggest focusing on one letter a week to allow for focused practice and faith formation.  The frequency of the handwriting practice is up to you. It has been our experience that students were most successful in developing handwriting skills when they focused on one letter a week with daily writing practice of approximately ten minutes.  Reinforce the faith element when students have completed the daily writing practice.

How Can I Use the Faith Formation Materials?

Some teachers may find that they want to use this program as a catechetical tool rather than as a handwriting development tool.  Great!  This is absolutely fine and part of the flexibility and appeal of our program.  The Faith Elements presented through each letter of the alphabet can easily be covered as catechetical topics for a CCD class, Sunday school program, or for home catechesis.

Here are some ways to incorporate the Catholic Alphabet Handwriting program as a catechetical tool.

  • Introduce the letters weekly and make the Faith Element of the lesson the focus of your class.  Using That Catholic Alphabet Handwriting Program Online Support Pages as a guide, select the focal point for your class and download the corresponding additional printables and activities suggested.  Put up the letter poster and distribute the passage sheets.  Explain what the passage means and begin a discussion.  Use one or more of the suggested materials to enhance your lesson.  Additional resources may be added from our downloads collection.
  • Use the program as an introductory or warm-up activity for your regular weekly CCD or Religious Education class.  Completed sheets and activities can be kept and used as reference sheets throughout the year.
  • Make finding scripture passages a weekly exercise by allowing children to look up Bible passages referenced from the Copywork Passage sheets.
  • Introduce and discuss the topic presented for each letter of the alphabet.  Allow older students to write a paragraph or a very short essay using the letter writing paper.  Let students share their writing at a later date as a class or in small groups, if desired.
  • Introduce and present the topic for each letter.  This can be simple addition to your lesson plan – announce the letter, put up the poster sheet as a class or bulletin board decoration, and give a topic overview appropriate for the age group.  Distribute the Copywork Passage sheet as in-class or take-home coloring sheet, if desired.
  • Make this program into a game-style lesson.  Announce the letter for the week and ask students for guesses as to what the topic could possibly associated with the letter of the week. After attempts are exhausted, reveal the topic and give an age appropriate explanation of it.  To encourage more participation, you may want to reward the person who guesses the topic correctly with the job of coloring the letter poster.  Simply post the letter the following week.
  • Use the program and supporting materials as a springboard to cover specific liturgical and catechetical topics, including how the Bible is used or organized, the Ten Commandments, the Resurrection, sin, the Nativity of Christ, the Holy Eucharist or other sacraments.  Each of these elements of the Catholic faith can be easily presented as part of That Catholic Alphabet Handwriting Program.  The lessons (letters) may be covered in alphabetical order, as they occur in the Church’s calendar, or to coincide with an accompanying textbook.

Download the Teacher Guide

Please find the core and support materials below for each of the letter in the program.</h3

More resources may be found in the Downloads collection, but these are some of our favorite go-along materials for each specific letter.

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