Since I think forming letters and numbers correctly is very important, I teach how to correctly form letters and numbers from the start. When I introduce a letter for the first time, I show students how letters have different heights and we discuss why that is important. I whipped up these Alphabet Writing Sheets I could throw in centers for students to work on writing. I keep these worksheets in sheet protectors and in a binder to make it easy to keep everything together. Students can take the sheet protectors out if more than one kids wants to work on this at their center.
Each letter has a green and red smiley face to show students where to start and stop when forming the number. The worksheets also have directional arrows to show students which way to go.
Students can use wipe-off markers, pipe cleaners, Playdoh, Wikki Stix, or use race cars to "drive" around the number.
Here are examples of the Number Writing Sheets that are used in the same way.
I have noticed having these tracing sheets have really helped students!
I love giving students a variety of tools to use when practicing with these worksheets to make it more hands-on.
I know working on writing letters and numbers over and over can get very boring, but hopefully this will help your students not only learn how to write correctly, but stay engaged.