Learning to write within a specific space on lined paper is a developmental skill that improves in first grade. Kindergartners should never write on lined paper, it is a skill that they are not developmentally ready for. Most 5 and 6 year old Kindergartners do all of their writing on paper (i.e., journals) with no lines. Believe me, it is enough of a challenge, just learning to get their thoughts onto paper while simultaneously learning to form letters and then learning to make them the appropriate size without worrying about the lines! Most first grade teachers will assume that your child will have mastered writing on lines sometime between finishing Kindergarten and beginning first grade. Almost all writing in first grade will be done on lines. Now is a good time to introduce writing on lines to your new first grader. You might begin with letters of the alphabet, then his/her name, and then progress on to basic sight words. Keep in mind that first grade teachers will be expecting your child to use appropriate sized letters and that they should fit into the appropriate spaces on the line.
Your child should notice that there are 3 spaces to each line and letters fit into a specific area on that line.
- Top space
- Middle space
- Bottom space
Your child should hold the pencil with an appropriate pencil grip and apply on minimal pressure to the writing instrument.
Here are some sites where you can print out primary lined paper with or without a seasonally themed picture on the heading of the page.
Site for primary lined paper template
Site for seasonal themed lined paper templates