Rainbow writing is a great way to help children develop good handwriting habits from the start—when they are first learning to write letters and numbers, or when they need to relearn after months or years of writing letters incorrectly. If I had a nickel for every time a child starts letters from the bottom…
Children who form their letters properly show improved legibility. Children develop automaticity when they practice. Be sure to model the letter formations before allowing children to practice independently. I like to say “BAM!” as I put my pencil on paper to begin my letters to emphasize the “start spot.”
Use a red crayon to write each letter, then a blue crayon, etc. until you use all of your crayons. The end result is a rainbow letter! This creates Motor Memory (all the letters are formed the same way so it becomes automatic). This is a good independent work center. Make sure the kids know to write the letters correctly before they work independently!
Although it may seem redundant to have kids practice the same letters over and over, this is a great way to help children develop good handwriting habits. Handwriting practice for remediation “is consistent with the theory of motor learning” (Hoy, et. al., 2011). Children develop automaticity when they practice. Be sure to model the letter formations before allowing children to practice independently. Also make sure you emphasize the “start spot.”
This is an excellent *LEVEL 1* resource for older preschoolers through first grade, and older children that haven’t yet developed handwriting skills.