Tracing Words

Learning how to write takes time and practice. 

Tracing words is one activity that teachers and parents alike can use to give their students help with proper writing skills.

Tracing is a self-guided task that ensures students learn the correct way to form letters. 

Our son had trouble with writing for the longest time. He had developed some bad habits with pencil grip and it showed in his letters.

Whenever he was able to trace the letters, he wrote wonderfully.  Eventually, he was able to give up the tracing and he now writes words with the grace and style of most any 3rd Grader.  (Which is to say it could still use some work!)

Print out these worksheets below to give your child the same opportunity to develop quality handwriting skills.

Tracing Words - Worksheets

The papers are divided up into different sections.  There are various categories of sight words and then some general education words that can be used with some of the other lessons on our site such as learning about numbers and colors.

Each paper has one line of traceable words followed by a blank line that students can use to practice writing.  You can also create your own words by printing out the 3-lined paper template below.

Tracing Pre-Primer Sight Words

This group of words focuses on the Pre-Primer sight words.  For more worksheets covering sight words be sure to see the link at the bottom of this page.

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Tracing General Education Words

These words can be used with other lessons found throughout the site.  There are word groups of colors, numbers, directions, and some holiday-themed words too.

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I've created a lot more tracing worksheets for you to practice handwriting with your child.  You can find them and more lessons including sight words and cursive handwriting on the pages here:

shape tracing worksheets
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dolch sight words
cursive handwriting


› Tracing Common Words

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