It’s that time of year again. The time when jingle bells start ringing and kids are ready to write their letters to Santa. This is the first year that Nick has had any interest in actually writing a letter to Santa. Although, for the most part, this is the first year that he is actually writing anything besides his name. In the past though he never actually asked me to write the letter for him, and I’ll admit that I never volunteered to. Now that he is writing in school though we have talked about writing a letter to Santa. Writing is still a work in progress for Nick though, and getting him to sit and write a lot isn’t always easy, so I decided to help him out a little.
Practicing Writing with Traceable Letters
Writing is something that we all do on a daily basis, but we forget about how much work it is to learn how to do. Kids not only need to learn how to correctly write their letters, but they have to gain the muscle control in their hand to do it well. While subbing I look at the handwriting of young children almost daily, and I can tell you that it is often not very easy to read. Kids have a way of making even the simplest letters seem beyond difficult to write. Plus a large majority of kids will write at least one letter backwards for a period of time. Simply put learning to write is difficult, and a large number of kids rush through practicing it.
For Nick it is even more of a struggle, and getting him to practice handwriting isn’t easy at all. Even if I can get him to actually sit down and practice it doesn’t last long. We have some dry erase books handwriting books that he can use to build better muscle control by tracing lines, shapes, and letters, but if I can get him to do two pages at a time in those I’m lucky. I’ve instead learned that I have to get creative and create something that he’ll want to do in order to practice things like writing and cutting. Last month I got him to practice using scissors by making a Handprint and Footprint Turkey. This month to practice handwriting I’m having him write a letter to Santa.
Nick’s Letter to Santa
Of course with Nick I couldn’t just give him paper and tell him to write a letter to Santa. That would never have worked. He would have instead wanted me to do it for him. To get him to write the letter himself I created a letter for him with traceable letters. It worked perfectly! The moment he saw the paper he wanted to get working on his letter to Santa. He sat right down and traced every letter and signed his name without as single complaint. It was a great way to get him to practice his handwriting at home, and now when we mail the letter to Santa he’ll be able to read it! Our town has a special Santa mailbox where kids can mail their letters to Santa and they actually get a reply back from Santa, so having a legible letter is important.
Letter to Santa with Traceable Letters Download
Of course I have to share the letter to Santa that I made with all of you! It’s a great way for beginning writers to write their own letter to Santa. I made the letter very generic so it will be a good fit for all kids. I also left an open space to be filled in with the gift your child is asking Santa for. I left it open so you can either make dashed letters for them to trace or you can simply fill that information in yourself for them. I filled it in for Nick. Filling it in for him turned out to be a good idea because he asked for more than I was expecting! Tracing the rest of the letter and signing his name was truly all that he was up for, but I was so proud of him for doing it!
You can download a copy of the letter to Santa here, or by clicking on the picture above. I hope your child loves it as much Nick did!