Give me a G!
Give me an O!
Give me an L!
Give me an E!
Give me two T’s!
Give me another E!
Give me an R!
Give me an S!
What’s that spell? Or a better question might be, “What’s that mean?”
What it means is that some letters or numbers are formed with forward moving lines. Check out the first line in the 7, the slant in R, the hump in lower case h. In all of these letters, the pencil moves toward the Finish line.
On the other hand, check out the hook in g, the first slant in K, the diagonal in z. All of these letters are formed by moving the pencil in the direction of the Go Line…. in other words, backwards.
Referencing the Go and Finish Lines, when teaching letter formation, may help children properly orient the letter and avoid reversals. Imagine a little Go Line and Finish Line on the desktop. It might give your students the visual cues they’d need to make their letters and their writing go the right way.