A Developmental Letter Sequence

Letters should be taught in a developmental sequence (from simplest to more difficult strokes) in groups with similar strokes.

  • Lower case letters are emphasized in this program since most students have spent more time on upper case letters in preschool and kindergarten, and developmentally students at this age have the ability to produce the strokes needed for lower case letter formation.
  • Upper case letters are reviewed for every letter.
  • The following sequence is recommended: c, o, a, d, g, s, e, t, l, i, v, w, u, j, k, y, p, r, n, m, h, b, f, q, x, and z.
  • For 10 of the 12 weeks two letters are presented, both upper and lower case.
  • For 2 of the 12 weeks, there letters are presented. The recommended groupings for the three letters are (c, o, a) and (t, l, i) since these letters are simpler and similar. For the twelve sessions, the letters presented are:
  • Week 1: c/C, a/A, o/O
  • Week 2: d/D, g/G
  • Week 3: s/S, e/E
  • Week 4: t/T, l/L, i/I
  • Week 5: v/V, w/W
  • Week 6: u/U, j/J
  • Week 7: k/K, y/Y
  • Week 8: p/P, r/R
  • Week 9: n/N, m/M
  • Week 10: h/H, b/B
  • Week 11: f/F, q/Q
  • Week 12: x/X, z/Z

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