Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ro and Ree are having a ball tracing letters in preschool lately. It's really helping them learn how to write their names and practice all of the other letters too. Our patio is covered with wobbly little chalk letters spelling out their names in really creative combinations. My fave is "MRIAE". It's so cute. Tonight TubaDad had a great idea. We were talking about how the girls are really enjoying learning new things and totally dig practicing school, and he said "Hey, I wonder if there's a font made out of those little dots so we could make our own tracing worksheets for the girls?"Well he Googled it, and of course there is: The Trace font by Kids Fonts It's free. Just download the font, copy it to your fonts folder (if you need help finding your font folder, the font comes with a ReadMe file that will walk you through it), then open up MS Word or whatever word-processing program you like, and the font will automatically show up in your choices. We whipped off a few sheets in all caps (the font has both lower and upper), and the girls practically ripped the sheets out of our hands they were so excited to start. We have them call out each letter as they're tracing it. I think they were pretty dang proud of themselves in the end. I'm guessing we'll get a lot of use out of this font. PS: That little green learning game they were playing with earlier (shown in the first pic) is pretty cool as well. It's by Trend, and we have few different variations that we bought at a Diddams party store (they have a big learning section for some reason). This one is called "What Goes Together?" and the girls like to spread all the pieces out and then race to see who can make the most pairs. * Note: Two great ideas from commenters: Make sure you use upper and lowercase for the worksheets, such as "Wela" not "WELA," so that you're teaching proper habits right off the bat. And, if your kiddo is nearing Kindergarten age, it might be worth a call your school to find out if there's a specific font they'll be teaching, such as D'Nealian (which helps transition to cursive and is taught in Texas). If they're using one of the stylized fonts, chances are you can find it in a package called Font 4 Teachers (these fonts are sold, not free).