Inside: Teach your younger students kindness concepts with these kindness tracing sheets.
When my kids were learning their letters, one of their most favorite parts was to write their letters. It empowered them when they were able to turn scratching on a paper into letters we recognized.
And of course, their first attempts were far from recognizable. But they practiced over and over again.
But practicing forming letters can get boring, monotonous and a bit of a chore which is far from what we want…because if we want our kids to love learning and love school and love writing.
So we have to make practicing letter formation fun and meaningful. And one fun and meaningful way to do that is to connect letter formation with another skill: kindness and social-emotional learning.
Kids can practice forming their letters by using these kindness affirmations to focus on kindness and social-emotional learning.
Teaching Kindness to Younger Students
We can teach even our youngest students kindness because it’s never too early or too soon to teach kids how to be kind, compassionate, and helpful.
But to make learning about kindness fun and meaningful for our younger kids, we have to make it engaging and hands-on and tie it to other learning opportunities.
To connect kindness with gross motor skills and movement, we can play this Kindness Simon Says Game.
To connect kindness to the alphabet and letter recognition, we can use this Kindness A-Z Zoo.
To connect kindness to print awareness we can read these Emergent Reader Books.
And to connect kindness to letter formation, letter printing, and fine motor skills, we can use these kindness tracing sheets.
What’s Included in the FREE Kindness Tracing Sheets:
3 versions of the same kindness affirmations:
- dotted line letters with direction arrows
- dotted line letters
- bubble letters
How to Use these Kindness Tracing Sheets:
1. Download the Kindness Tracing sheets (download them below).
2. Print out the version you want to use with your kids.
3. Read the sentences with your kids so they know what they’re tracing.
Related: Kindness Affirmations for Kids
4. To make the letter formation and tracing more fun and more engaging, instead of pencils, use crayons or colorful markers.
5. You can use the bubble letter version and have kids color in each letter and use it more as a coloring sheet.
Related: Kindness Coloring Sheets
Or you can have them choose a few colors and have them do “rainbow writing” on the bubble writing version.
Practicing letter formation and letter printing and fine motor skills and pencil skills can also sneak in kindness, social-emotional learning, and kindness affirmation.