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Letter Vocabulary

This vocabulary is used district wide. The symbols (cloud, Mr. Smiley, water) are in handwriting workbooks in kindergarten through 2nd grades.

Capital and lower case - all letters start at the top of the letter (except e,d,f)

Tall line - top line, all tall letters start here except f and d

Cloud - helps with orientation, located above dotted middle line

Short line - the dotted middle line, many letters "bump" it, all short letters start here except e

Mr. Smiley -a smiley face between the dotted middle and bottom lines, helps orient kids to the short letter area, short letters need to be the same size as Mr. Smiley, used for letter direction ie. go away from Mr. Smiley

Bottom line most letters "bump" this line

Water - "waves" placed below the bottom line, for letters that go below the line

line and curve most letters consist of a line and/or curve

jump up  - lift up the pencil and return to the spot where you started

beep..beep..beep – the backup noise (trucks make) when you have to retrace a line (rnp)

slide and climb - for diagonals ie., Akvwx

fish hook – goes down into the water and turns towards Mr. Smiley for j,g

bump your lines – (like bumper cars) remind them with every letter to bump

A – start at tall line, slide back, bump the bottom line, jump up, slide away, bump the bottom line, connect at the short line

a – magic c, close it up, down, beep...beep...beep, bump the bottom line

B – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the B at the short line, curve again and bump the B at the bottom line

b – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, back up beep...beep to the short line, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the b at the bottom line (looks like a bat and ball)

C – start at tall line, curve towards Mr. Smiley, bump the bottom line, now you’ve made a magic C

c –start at short line, curve towards Mr. Smiley, bump the bottom line, now you’ve made a magic c

D – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the D at the bottom line

d– magic c, straight up into the clouds, bump the tall line, down, beep...beep, bump the bottom line

E – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, go away from Mr. Smiley at the top line, jump, go away from Mr. Smiley at the short line, jump, go away from Mr. Smiley at the bottom line

e – start under the short line, hit the ball away from Mr. Smiley, go up and around the bases -like base ball  (don’t forget to bump your lines)

F – start at tall line, tall line down, bump bottom line, jump up, go away from Mr. Smiley at the top line, jump, go away from Mr. Smiley at the short line

f –start under tall line, curve up like a candy cane to bump the tall line, then down to bump the bottom line, jump up to the short line to cross the f

G – tall magic c, bump the short line, go towards Mr. Smiley                                                                                                                                                                     
g
– magic c, close it up, down...down into the water for a fish hook

H – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump over to tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, connect at the short line

h – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, back up beep...beep, bump the short line, make a hump away from Mr. Smiley, bump the bottom line

I – start at tall line, tall line down, bump bottom line, jump up, cross at the top, jump down, cross at the bottom

i – start at short line, short little line down, bump the bottom line, jump up for the dot

J – start at tall line, tall line down, curve towards Mr. Smiley (don’t forget to bump the bottom line) jump up, cross the top

j – start at short line, go down…down...down into the water for a fish hook, jump up for the dot

K - start at tall line, tall line down, bump bottom line, jump over to tall line, kick the K and slide away, bump the bottom line

k – start at tall line, tall line down, bump bottom line, jump over to short line, kick the k and slide away, bump the bottom line

L – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, go away from Mr. Smiley

l – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line

M – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, slide down, bump the
bottom line, climb up, bump the tall line, straight  down, bump the bottom line

m – start at short line, short line down, bump the bottom line, back up beep…beep, bump the short line, make a hump away from Mr. Smiley, bump the bottom line, back up beep...beep, make another hump,  bump the bottom line  (both humps should bump the short line)

N – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, slide down, bump the
bottom line, straight up and bump the top line

n – start at short line, short line down, bump the bottom line, back up beep...beep, make a hump away from Mr. Smiley, bump the bottom line (your hump should bump the short line)

O – tall magic c, keep going around to close (don’t forget to bump your lines)

o – magic c, keep going around to close, (don’t forget to bump your lines)

P – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the P at the short line

p – start at short line, down into water,  back up, beep…beep, bump the short line, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the p at the bottom line

Q – tall magic c, keep going around to close, jump into the middle and slide away, bump the bottom line

q - magic c, close it up, down...down into the water,  hook goes away from Mr. Smiley

R – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, curve away from Mr. Smiley and bump the R at the short line, slide away, bump the bottom line

r – start at short line, short line down, back up, beep...beep, and  curve away from Mr. Smiley

S - start at the tall line, little magic c, turn and curve towards Mr. Smiley 

s – start at the short line, little magic c, turn and curve towards Mr. Smiley

T - start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up, to cross the top

t – start at tall line, tall line down, bump the bottom line, jump up to the short line to cross the t

U - start at tall line, tall line down, curve away from Mr. Smiley, back up and bump the tall line

u – start at short line, short line down, curve away from Mr. Smiley, up to bump the short line, down beep... beep, bump the bottom line

V - start at tall line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the tall line

v – start at short line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the short line

W - start at tall line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the tall line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the tall line

w – start at short line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the short line, slide away, bump the bottom line, climb up, bump the short line

X - start at tall line, slide away, bump the bottom line, jump up to tall line, slide the other way, bump the bottom line

x – start at short line, slide away, bump the bottom line, jump up to short line, slide the other way, bump the bottom line

Y – start at tall line, slide away to bump the short line, jump up to the tall line, slide back to bump the Y at the short line, go straight down and bump the bottom line

y – start at short line, slide away to bump the bottom line,  jump up and over to the short line and slide back to bump the y at the bottom line, keep going  down...down... down into the water

Z - start at tall line, zoom away from Mr. Smiley, slide back and bump the bottom line, zoom away from Mr. Smiley

z – start at short line, zoom away from Mr. Smiley, slide back and bump the bottom line, zoom away from Mr. Smiley