Patterns of writing

By now (March), most of the kindergarteners I teach in Fun With Letterforms have their rhythmic drawn patterns down. Their artworks often demonstrate a good sense of spacing and a good eye for overall composition:

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The next step? Beginning every class on ruled notebook paper to make patterns (and increasingly both small & capital letters) within the four-line system of ceiling, fence, grass, and basement:

(Thank you to 1st grade teacher Ms. Palmer’s system for the inspiration!)

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I hope that this practice will inspire students to use recognizable letter shapes in their pattern drawings on large unlined paper.

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