To write on the lines, or not write on the lines? That is the question.

imageIf you have ever observed kindergarteners writing, it is interesting to note the many ways the students use or don’t use the lines. You will see children using the lines conventionally and others ignoring the lines completely. You will see students squeezing tiny letters in between the lines.
Parents may wonder what’s ok.
At this point in the school year, it’s all ok. At certain times of the day I explicitly model and teach letter formation with lines. We call it writing “the kindergarten way”. The children are still exploring and making sense of the lines in a variety of contexts. By the end of he school year I will expect all students to be able to write their names and letters “on the lines”. Many children will also be able to create compositions “one the lines”.
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