Why The Teacher’s Alphabet Was Invented

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If you’re like most teachers and homeschooling parents, you realize there really isn’t a “good” way to teach kids to print  that isn’t frustrating and time consuming.

Most kids don’t print well and you just haven’t got the time to “fix” it. So everybody does the best they can and the kids end up with “pretty good letters.”

At the Teacher’s Alphabet, we carefully studied how young students learned and could learn to print. We developed a series of 10 exercises, which we called Foundation Exercises, that made up all the upper and lower case letters and the numbers.

Once a kid mastered an exercise, they were ready to master the letters and numbers of that group. So with our system, kids practice the letters they are ready to master. This saves time and frustration for everyone.


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If you’re like most teachers and homeschooling parents, you realize there really isn’t a “good” way to teach kids to print  that isn’t frustrating and time consuming.Most kids don’t print well and you haven’t got the time, or a clear way, to “fix” it.


At the Teacher’s Alphabet, we studied how young students learned. We also saw exactly what they were capable of doing. We noticed that 3 lines and the typical A-B-C teaching order did not work for our very bright pre-schoolers. No matter how many times we showed them, kids couldn’t remember the under the Top Line Start of the Capital C.

As a result, we came up with two new “under the line” lines called “Special Spot Lines.” We also started with the easiest and most basic letters and shapes first.

Because of The Teacher’s Alphabet 5 Lines, Everyone now knows exactly where the circular letters start and end, and they can quickly learn to make them well.

We also discovered the ten basic shapes that made up all the upper and lower case letters. We call them Foundation Exercises.

Once a kid masters an foundation exercise, then, and only then, are they ready to master the letters and numbers that use that shape focus.

Students practice the letters they are ready to master. This saves time and frustration for everyone. The Foundation Exercises eliminate the constant reteaching most preschool teachers and homeschooling parents are normally frustrated with. Your students will being seeing their letters and numbers in a new way and learning to make them excellently–The First Time!

The Teacher’s Alphabet 11 Directional Letter Groups progress from the easiest to make letters to the hardest.

Students are guided through 7 student workbooks that gradually build up pencil control and shape recognition skills.

By following our Teacher’s Manual, Teachers know what to say and when to say it.

The Teacher’s Alphabet Directional Teaching Order takes all the guesswork out of teaching excellent letter making. All the letters of each group have a shape focus that all the letters of that group share.

Our “Letter Recipes” tell teachers exactly what to say. With The Teacher’s Alphabet, every letter and number has a clear “visual language” that kids can easily imitate and understand.

After just a few weeks, our younger students told us they were surprised at how “adult” their letters looked. So were their parents!

As one adult student of our system told us, “After 30 years, I didn’t think anybody could come up with a system to fix my sloppy handwriting. The difference this system has made in my handwriting is like night and day.”

The Teacher’s Alphabet is the handwriting teaching system that most elementary teachers wished they had learned as student teachers.

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Why Most Kids and Adults Can Never Print Well

The Real Reason Nobody Learns to Print Well
  • Students never practice the right habits necessary to make their letters and teachers don’t have enough time to oversee each of them.

  • So our American educational system fall victim to the “good enough” excuse. If it “looks like” the letter or number they want, then it is “good enough.”

  • With The Teacher’s Alphabet, every letter has a “Letter Recipe” and every stroke is included, explained, and practiced before specific letters are attempted. In this way, everyone knows what is expected and everyone can achieve and eventually teach each other.

  • In our system, the faster to master student can effectively teach the “slower” students.
  • The Teacher’s Alphabet is a system of handwriting sheets that teach kids to print by sorting  the upper and lower case alphabets into 11 Directional Groups (5 Upper Case and 6 Lower Case ) and teaching them through mastering 10 Foundation Exercises that help them develop shape recognition and pencil control before they practice specific groups.
  • This method greatly reduces student frustration and really helps students become excellent printers quite quickly.
  • Our website show the dramatic results this method has had when teachers help their students go through the individual handwriting sheet practice pages of their  workbooks (there are 7 workbooks in this system).
  • It even works with adults who have sloppy handwriting.
  • See the results of this better way to teach handwriting at The Teacher’s Alphabet website http://www.theteachersalphabet.com

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Finally, the easier and simpler way to teach everyone how to print well, based on a new way see and make the alphabet using 5 lines instead of the usual 3.

Teaching Kids to make their Letters and Numbers With the usual A-B-C Teaching Order and 3 Lines is not Easy and it Does Not Work for most kids. Most teachers/adults don’t have the time or the training to come up with a Better Way to Teach Kids to Print. So They just Quit and Move On and the kids never become better printers. We didn’t quit. Within a few weeks, we created a new way to teach kids to print that made them better printers than most of their parents.

9-Step Teacher’s Script
11 Directional Letter Group (Arranged From Easiest to Hardest
10 Foundation Exercises Embrace All the Letters and Numbers Groups
2 New Lines (Special Spot Lines) for making great circular letters and numbers first time/every time!
Our Unique “Letter Recipes” give you a stroke-by-stroke consistent handwriting teaching language
Our 5 Line paper give everyone clear and precise locations to start and stop the curved letters and numbers.

Best Way to Teach Kids How to Print Well

Best Way to Teach Kids How to Print
CLICK HERE: http://www.theteachersalphabet.com The Teacher’s Alphabet: The Better Way to Teach Kids to Write Handwriting Sheets That Teach Making the Alphabet Excellently Using Two New Lines and Letter Recipes. . . Click on any highlighted area on this video, and it will take you directly to our site. (http://www.theteachersalphabet.com) Please be aware all our physical workbooks (like the workbook show here) are now Digital Downloads that you can purchase, along with our step-by-step teacher’s manual at our websites The Teacher’s Alphabet and EZrABCs. This is an in depth look at Upper Case Letters Workbook #1 that shows and discusses how teaching children to write with 3 Lines and in ABC order is a needlessly confusing and can be visually simplified. Using only 3 Lines, we expect students to always “guess” where the curved letters start when they are too young to have the “skill” of “approximation” (think fractional part of things). It also states that ABC order confuses skill levels and needlessly frustrates teachers and students. The Teacher’s Alphabet sees all the letters of the alphabet as part of 11 Directional Groups that are developmentally based on their progressive difficulty. Additionally, it has 10 Foundation Exercises which students master before they practice specific letter groups, so students build on a history of success not frustration. Truly, a unique and refreshing way to look at and teach kids to print. Why hasn’t somebody thought of this before? Why isn’t everybody using it? Please tell a teacher or a school administrator you know about this handwriting system! It really works and American Education is in trouble. This system helps everyone who follows it. Please leave a comment and visit our website http://www.theteachersalphabet.com. Teaching Kids an Easier Way to Become Better Printers Teaching Kids How to Print in a Smarter Way Handwriting Sheets That Teach Making the Alphabet Excellently with Two New Lines.
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The Teaching Alphabet Teachers Need to Learn


The Teaching Alphabet Teachers Need to Learn


Most adults forget what it is like being a Kindergartner. Unless you hang out with them on a regular basis, you really don’t know what it is they can learn and what they can’t. They really want to learn and they are really curious, but there are limits. One thing I never did with my kids was talk down to them or participate with kiddish “baby talk.” I always used my regular adult vocabulary with my students. If they didn’t understand a word they would ask me. I tried not give to them directions that involved more than two or three steps.

Rule #1:  Kindergartners are not little adults. The are concrete thinkers, clearly show them they can repeat it. Tell them without good examples or prior experience and even the best students will have trouble.

Rule #2: Skills should build on each other, they should start easy and then become progressively harder. 

Rule #3: Lessons should be planned so that kids experience meaningful success and correction.

If you have ever tried to help your kids print better, you know, it’s a struggle. First, they already “know” how to do it. They are not open to you telling them that their printed letters are just okay or could look better. In most classrooms, kids are shown what the letters look like, and they’re left to fend for themselves. They teach themselves the way that makes sense to them and they practice over and over incorrectly to the point where they don’t want to change it. As a result, most kids start their curved letters on a line and their straight line letters from the bottom up; the letters look lopsided and irregular and always will because without proper instruction they will never develop the pencil control or shape recognition skills they need to be good printers.

Teaching children to print well is a time intensive process for their teachers. Each letter has to be demonstrated, understood, and practiced correctly, and the teacher needs to be there at each step in order to help guide what the student is doing at each stage. Most teachers don’t have the time or the curriculum that will let them do this. Even in the best circumstances, each letter will take at least 3 to 4 min. of the teacher’s time. If you multiply that by 20 students that would mean over a hour each day would have to be set aside for each number to be taught well. Of course, all that time is useless if they aren’t teaching the right things. Without the right curriculum,  the correct materials, and the right class management policies, most teachers don’t do it. So kids just “fake it” and teach themselves.

When I originally faced 20 4 1/2 year olds, I assumed that an ABC teaching order and three lines would be enough to teach my kids to print well. Concentrating on one capital letter each day (A,B,C)- we quit after three days. It was then that I realized that the upper case C needed a line under the top line for the kids to start on, if they didn’t have it, they would constantly ask me to locate the spot for them again. If they forgot it, some would naturally they start on the top line; making the capital C  look terribly lopsided. Unless there was a line for them to practice on, they would not be able to, at this stage of their development [concrete learners], remember where to start their “curved” uppercase letters-O,Q,C,G,S.

We also realized that “A’s” was too complicated of a letter to teach a first-time learner!–The Teacher’s Alphabet teaches the Capital A 10th. A Capital B has an impossible set of curves and straight lines to master if the kids haven’t mastered some of the other curved letters first (like “P”s and “D”s). Capital “C”s start at impossible place for 5 year olds to locate without a “line” (Same with capital O,Q,G,S). Basic skills and pencil control should be taught first. So we started with the easiest stroke to make and control  . . . Straight Line Down.

This is how and why The Teachers Alphabet was born in the classroom. With real students, recognizing what they could and couldn’t do. As a result, we changed the usual preschool alphabet-making a new teaching order and adding two new lines [Special Spot Lines].