There are 6 different kinds of Letter Lines. The icons or images indicate the movement of the pencil on the paper.
1. Standing Tall lines. These are straight up and down lines. Older children may elect to use the term Vertical to describe these lines. Standing Tall lines can progress from the Top Line or Dotted Line to the Bottom Line, or from the Dotted Line below the Bottom Line. Most vertical lines progress downward, but not always! Picture the first line made in a lower case h, and then how it continues back upward once it touches the Bottom Line.
2. Lying Down Lines. Also known as Horizontal Lines. These lines are typically drawn forward. Some left-handed children are more comfortable drawing some Lying Down lines form right to left.
3. Slant Lines. These can be forward or backward moving lines, tall or short. Also known as Diagonal Lines, these Letter Lines can also progress downward or upward, as in the letters v and w.
4. Clock Lines round an analogue clock as if from 12 to 6. Clock Lines always start off moving forward. They can progress clockwise as if going from 1 to 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, or counterclockwise from 6 to 5, 4, 3, 2 1 and back up to 12.
5. Smiles and Frowns. These Letter Lines can move forward or backward. Lower case f starts with a backward frown. Lower case q ends with a forward smile.
When introducing the concept of Letter Lines to your students, ask them to find letters with each type. Point out the alphabet strips above the board or on their desks. Help your students ‘dissect’ each letter so they understand all the Letter Lines that comprise them.
Didn’t I say there were six Letter Lines?