I love finding little hacks that can make my teacher life easier (and cheaper! 👏). This alphabet tracing book is the absolute BEST trick for providing tons of handwriting practice for my new readers and writers.
Learning letters is the foundation for some of the most important things we learn in life: reading and writing. I want to give my students as many opportunities as possible to see the letters, read them and even write them.
Adding these free alphabet tracing pages to a photo album is hands down, the best way to provide tracing alphabet practice to my students.
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I find that giving my students plenty of practice with alphabet tracing helps them identify letters more quickly. It even makes them more comfortable writing them independently. 🙌
I love to laminate pages to use again and again (and I do it all the time). When I saw the idea of using a photo album to practice tracing (on Pinterest), I just knew it would be a HIT with my students.
There’s something about a cute little book, the chance to use markers, and the fact that’s reusable that made it a win-win for me and my students!
Of course, the link to the pin was broken! 🤦🏻♀️ Am I the only one that happens to?! Even a reverse google search couldn’t help me find the original source!
Since I couldn’t find the link to the resource, I just created my own version!
I knew it would be the perfect way to allow my students practice tracing alphabet letters each day without needing to make a million copies or spend a ton of time or money creating something.
And it’s absolutely perfect for the classroom.
Alphabet Tracing Books
You can get photo album with 48 slots for ONE DOLLAR at a dollar store. 🥳
Yes, you read that right. ONE DOLLAR.
(Look in the aisle with picture frames. I found tons of them hanging by the end-cap!)
The dry erase marker writes on it like a dream!
I was a little skeptical that these albums would work for my classroom because I thought the whiteboard maker would not easily erase.
Boy was I WRONG.
It erases so easily! 👏
You want to know what really surprised me? It is easier to erase the marker from these alphabet tracing books than it is from laminated paper and the clear pockets that go into binders! 🤯
I am a changed teacher, friends.
(Also, you may have noticed my eraser: it’s a sponge, also from the dollar store! And yes, I am obsessed with it, too.)
Free Alphabet Tracing Worksheets
If you’re looking for free traceable letters, look no further! I made a set that is already sized perfectly to go into a 4×6 photo album!
The letters are nice and big with tracing lines to help new writers make sure they are forming the letters correctly.
I also added clipart to the corners to match the beginning sound of each word. This gives students the chance to practice making the sounds as the practice tracing.
Prepping the alphabet tracing book couldn’t be easier! Simply print these pages (in color or black and white!), cut on the lines and slide the pages into the photo album.
Then you’re DONE.
I don’t know about you, but that’s the easiest DIY I have ever done.
…and cleanest…and cheapest…😉
In fact, it’s so inexpensive and easy, I can make one for every student if I want to! (I’m currently working on a set of CVC words for students who are ready to move on from letters! 🥳👏)
You can grab your free alphabet tracing worksheets here:Download Free Alphabet Tracing Cards for 4×6 Photo Albums
How do you like to practice letters with your students? Do you have any favorite classroom DIY projects? I would love to hear about it! Let me know below! 👇