Thursday, May 24, 2012

Updated Freebie, Handwriting Packet, and Writing Program

Congratulations to all the wonderful bloggers who made the list of  the Top 50 Elementary Teacher Blogs. I was happy to see that I was #14. Considering I didn't try very hard to solicit votes, I'm pretty happy with this number. I figured since I loved all the blogs on the list, I'd just let fate decide who got the top prize. You can see a list of all the blogs by clicking the image below. My advice is to follow all of them because they are all worthy of the top prize.

Updated 8/10/12
The posters are back on TpT! 
DJ Inkers now allows freebies to be posted there! Yay!

A while ago, I posted a freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was a Classroom Promise Poster. I had to remove it because I didn't realize that you cannot post freebies on TpT that use DJ Inkers clip art. It's now in the freebie section of my blog. I redid it and made it even cuter. Click the image below to download it. I'm trying out Dropbox because Google Docs made the activity look funky. Please let me know what you think of the "cutesified" version! Thanks!

I don't know about your students, but my students' handwriting is not that great. Between poor pencil grip, forming their letters from the bottom up, and/or tracing each letter over and over again, I am almost at my wits end. My school cannot afford to purchase a commercial handwriting program and I haven't really found anything I love on the internet. So, what's a teacher to do? 

How about create your own? I did just that and I am very pleased with how it came out. 

I actually combined handwriting practice with sight word practice. After I teach my students the correct way to form each letter and they practice writing each letter, they then trace high frequency words that begin with that letter. I know what you're thinking...that's a sneaky way to fit in sight word practice! And you are absolutely right! 

I am going to use these books for kindergarten, first, and second grade. 

You can find these handwriting booklets here in my store!

Click here to get a handwriting assessment sheet and a cute certificate to award your students when they have improved their handwriting!

As always, the first person to comment on this post can have the packet for free. All I ask is that you come back here and let everyone know how you like it. (But only if you like it!)


  1. Awesome!

  2. Love your ideas!

  3. Oh I like the looks of this! It's going on my wish list...

  4. I love your handwriting book! I have it pinned for next year!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Thank you so much for the Handwriting Book. I teach first grade and I love how you have included sight words on each page - the more practice with those, the better. I also like that you put on the start dots for every letter. So many of my students start forming their letters at the bottom. Why do they do that?? I can't wait to use this book. I think I'll use it now for extra practice these last few weeks of school. Thank you again!

  6. Thanks so much, everyone! Maria, I'm so glad you like it. I love the starter dots, too, because it will be easier for the children to remember where to start forming each letter. I am really looking forward to using the packet and hope that my handwriting nightmare will be over soon!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  7. Your handwriting book looks GREAT!!

  8. Lori, you amaze me again. I wish I had more time to blog, but with my little it makes it so hard. Hopefully, after school ends I'll be able to get more done. Oh wait, I'll be writing curriculum this summer. Haha! The handwriting thing will all work out. You are amazing and it will definitely help our students out.

    The Teacher's Backpack

    1. Thanks, Cara! I'm so excited to use my handwriting booklets in the fall because I know it will our students form their letters properly. And, with the new writing program, we will thrive, for sure!

      Lori (
      Teaching With Love and Laughter

  9. Love the handwriting book. I have a question about DJ Inkers. Do we have to have a commercial license from them to share free stuff on our blog or can we just do it without? Thanks for your help!
    Chris Kazanjian
    The Kinder"garden" Teacher

  10. I would love to download the classroom promise poster, but I am having problems! It will not let me download it!:( It would be perfect in my classroom! My email is if you can email it to me. I do have dropbox, but it gives an error message!:(


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