Learning Without Tears: Writing from the Top to the Bottom

Part 2: Learning Without Tears- Top to Bottom Writing

The educators of the Cooperative Learning Community have a great relationship with the educators of the Sharon Public School system and each year, we do our best to connect with teachers to discuss a variety of topics.  This past year, we discussed how important it is for children to learn to write their letters starting at the top. 

English is a top-to-bottom, left-to-to right language.  The top-to bottom habit is the secret to handwriting success.  Children who start letters at the top will develop speed and neatness.  Those who start from the bottom will struggle to write.  Often, we judge a young child’s writing only by how the letters look.  However, habits are more important the look of the letters.  Wobbly, skinny or fat letters are not worrisome, but letters that start from the bottom are.”  (Get Set For School, p114)

Pictured is the alphabet with the terminology that we use while teaching the children to start at the top. If you practice writing at home, please help your child by making sure that they start their letters at the top!

Lauren B. Lead Teacher, The Sharon Cooperative School