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Free Apple Number Writing Book to Master Number Formation

Last week we wrapped up our apple unit in my classroom. In addition to all of the usual apple activities, I took the opportunity to work the apple theme in to my math and handwriting lessons. In math, my students are working on counting and number recognition. Most of my students can easily count objects and recognize numbers 0-10, but forming those numbers correctly is a different story.  I created a free apple theme book to provide extra number writing practice for my students. 

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Some numerals (like 5 and 8) are so difficult and confusing for my kindergarten students. I always teach proper formation using “The Numeral Song” by Dr. Jean. Using the song as our guide, my students practice writing numbers in the air and on their personal whiteboards. I created the Apple Number Writing Book as a tool to provide students with guided practice in writing their numerals.

kindergarten student uses pencil to write number four in fall number writing book

Every page in the book provides two lines of practice space for the featured numeral. A black dot prompts students to begin in the correct location. A few dashed numbers are provided so students can practice and “teach their fingers” how to correctly print the numbers.

kindergarten student writes number three in apple handwriting book

The dashed tracing numbers are a great help, but some students still need a little extra guidance. Number 8 continues to be a challenge for a few of my students. Dr. Jean uses the expression “make an S and close the gate”, but some of my kinders get lost in the loop and need some help writing an S. For those struggling students, I used a yellow marker to write the S for them. Those children were able to trace my S and easily “close the gate” without any confusion.

student traces number eight to complete a free apple number writing activity
kindergarten student uses pencil to trace number eight in fall number writing book

By the way, fine motor development is also a significant part of my kindergarten classroom. Especially forming a proper pencil grip. Several of my students are still learning how to hold a pencil correctly. I purchased a few sets of The Pencil Grip Crossover  from Amazon and they are working wonders with my students. The grips are squishy and gel-like so my students really enjoy using them. In their mind, the kids think they have some type of toy on their pencils. These grips have been well worth the money!

Download a FREE Copy of the Apple Number Writing Book

This book to help students learn proper number formation while they read about apples in available for FREE in my TpT store. Click the cover image below to download the Apple Number Counting Book!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I’m just curious why the e-mailed version of your blog can’t be read entirely through e-mail. You must link to the website now…

  2. The highlight for the S is a great idea! My students struggle with this too. We use Saxon Math and it is “make and S and go back home”. Many struggle with getting the S right to begin with. I will be using this to help them too from now on! Thanks!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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