McCrackens Phonics: Free Printing Sheet

I thought I'd share my printing lessons with you.

I really like my printing practice because it's tied into the McCrackens Spelling Through Phonics Program.  This is an amazing program and I HIGHLY recommend it!

The first letter to be introduced is lower case m.

We practice saying the letter, the sound and feeling it in our mouths. I avoid saying "What do you hear?" and instead ask "What does it feel like in your mouth?" The kids will tell me things like, "My lips are pressed together" and "My lips tickle when I say mmm".

Before we print the lower case m on our sheets, we practice it over and over again on our chalkboards. The kids say "mmm" while they print from top to bottom (I really have to stress this as many of them come into Grade 1 printing from bottom up). Sigh!

Can you see the little houses on the sheet?
We talk about how lower case m sits in the house but upper case m (below) goes into the roof. The dotted lines beneath are referred to as the basement. This helps the kids remember which letters are tall and which ones hang down.

The next day we repeat the whole process with upper case M.

You can also see in the 9 boxes above the printing the kids draw and colour pics beginning with the focus letter.

I repeat this process every single day until we've covered all 26 letters! We don't go in alphabetical order; instead I follow the McCrackens recommendations so that it links directly with our phonics practice.  It starts out with m, s, f, t because these letters are all very different so it's less likely the kids will confuse them.


If you'd like a copy of the printing sheet and printing book title pages we use then just click here and they're all yours. In the freebie I haven't included the initial letter, but it's easy enough to just print it in yourself.


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  1. I was just working with one of my needy writers on Thursday who has a difficult time writing sounds, and I was saying, "What do you feel?" Those neediest little guys feel it more than hear it.

    1. Yes, feeling the sound does seem to work for a lot of kids, I agree.

  2. I promise you, kindergarten teachers do everything possible to get the little bunnies to print their letters from the top. Honest, we do!

    1. Haha! I believe you:) Old habits are hard to break!


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