These printable alphabet tracing strips feature a cute bottle of Valentine’s hearts that are a great fit for your Valentine preschool theme. Your child will be happily tracing away and learning their letters in just a few minutes with these easy to use printables.
Tracing letters is beneficial for early learners. Tracing can help introduce the shapes and forms of letters, develop fine motor skills, and build writing confidence.
Plus these pages will keep your little one happily busy and learning while you catch a minute to yourself. Hooray!
Download these Valentine’s Day letter tracing strips with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, or both on the same strip and laminate them to use again and again.
Teaching reading and writing to your child
There are several different theories behind how to teach reading and writing to your child.
Some educators and parents believe that you should teach children uppercase letters first. Uppercase letters are easier to tell apart from one another. They are also less likely to be reversed by young children just learning how to write.
Others believe in teaching lowercase letters first. Most letters you encounter every day are lowercase. Also, lowercase letters can be easier to write because they involve fewer strokes.
And, of course, there are also people that believe in teaching children how to write uppercase and lowercase letters simultaneously.
Based on my own personal philosophy of teaching, graduate coursework, and experience as a Montessori-inspired homeschool preschool mom, I am teaching my daughter her lowercase letters first.
Even though one method or the other is considered “better” by professionals, it may or may not work best for you and your child. Don’t feel like you have to stick to one method if it isn’t working for you.
This is why there are three separate sets of Valentine’s Day alphabet tracing strips. One size does not fit all in education, so you have choices. There are uppercase only tracing strips, lowercase only, and upper/lowercase letters given together.
Because nothing about kids is as simple as you’d hoped, there are also different ideas about what order to teach the alphabet in.
You might automatically assume that you should teach letters in alphabetical order. This is, of course, one option.
Alternatively, you may chose to introduce letters in non-alphabetical order. Many people introduce clusters of letters at a time, starting with the most commonly used letters. There are several different suggested orders for teaching letters. This post from Living Montessori Now addresses several different combinations used in various Montessori schools. It’s worth a read if you’re interested in teaching the alphabet in non-alphabetical order!
Luckily, it’s easy to teach letters in your preferred order using these alphabet tracing strips. Simply cut them out and only present the letters you child is working on at this time.
How to use alphabet tracing strips for preschool & pre-k
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Sometimes you need a quick, educational activity for your child to do right now with virtually no prep-work on your part.
Quickly and easily get this alphabet tracing activity into your child’s hands by printing them and having your child trace the letters without cutting the page into strips.
Your little learner can write with with a crayon, pencil, or marker. Markers glide more easily across the page. Crayons and pencils create more friction and are a bit harder to write with, which means they provide a greater fine motor challenge.
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To introduce specific letters, use a paper trimmer or a pair of scissors to cut the page into strips along the solid lines.
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You can hole punch each card in the upper left corner and thread them onto a binder ring for a fun go bag activity that’s easy to clean after trips to the doctor’s office or sticky snack hands.
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If you need more low-prep Valentine’s Day fun for your family, snag these additional freebies on The Artisan Life:
- Trace & color Valentine’s Day fine motor practice pages
- Heart templates
- Valentine’s picture bingo
- Valentine’s Day do a dot printables
- Valentine’s matching game
Free printable Valentine’s Day letter tracing strips
Like all preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are licensed for for personal and single classroom use. You are also welcome to use them with therapy clients, as long as you are not charging specifically to do this activity.
You are not licensed to alter, sell, or redistribute the files to others for their personal use. Instead, please refer your friends and colleagues to this page so they can download their own copies.
As noted above, there are three different styles of tracing strip: lowercase letters only, uppercase letters only, and upper/lowercase letters on the same strip. All 27 pages are in one convenient PDF. Pages 1-7 are lowercase, 8-14 are uppercase, and 15-21 are the combined case strips.
Download your Valentine theme alphabet tracing strips here
I hope your little learner enjoys this low-prep learning activity for Valentine’s Day! Make sure to get these additional Valentine’s Day printables while you’re here: