Color-Coded Writing: A Scaffolding Approach for Word Formation

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Many young learners struggle with the sizing and formation of letters. In addition, writing across the paper in a straight line can be challenging. For these students, I like to offer a color-coded scaffolding approach that provides support and also brings the fun factor into the learning process. I call it, Color-coded Handwriting and it helps my students master this difficult, fine motor task.
Forming the letters © 2014

What's the Process:

I offer my students color-coded paper as well as color-coded letters.
I tell my students that all the letters have to match up with the colors.
I share with my students that the colors represent, “the sky - blue, the grass – green, and the ground - orange.” Letters that are green, such as the lowercase letter “o” are called grass letters, tall letters such as “t” are grass and sky letters, and letters such as the letter “g” are grass and ground letters. All letters rest on the line below the grass.

You Can Make This Yourself, or Purchase it Ready Made:

You can make the paper and letters with handwriting paper and highlighters, but if you would prefer to have the paper and letters already made for you, you can purchase my publication, Color Coded Handwriting for only $4.99. This downloadable, printable PDF comes with color-coded upper and lower case letters, as well as a variety of lined, color-coded templates in small, medium and large. Furthermore, it offers a two column option that is ideal for spelling words. Finally, this product suggests a fun game-like activity.
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Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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