Uppercase or Lowercase first?

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  1. wait'n2teach

    wait'n2teach Rookie

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    I was wondering how some of you did this. Do you teach uppercase first or lowercase first?
     
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  3. EdEd

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    Not in preschool, but do work with beginning readers. I start with lower.
     
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    I teach kindergarten and recommend lowercase. Most words in print are lowercase. A lot of pre-k teachers start with capital because they contain more straight lines and are easier to write.
     
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    I agree with EdEd, not in PS. But, there are a lot of pre-writing activities you can do.
     
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    My curriculum has me starting with upper case first. I had never thought about which to teach first until I saw this post.
     
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    I teach them their names first! They sign in every day. They will be able to recognize their letters and of course their names and will be able to write their names before K. but I have a mixed age group of 3-5's so its difficult to teach sometimes... however I do concentrate on a specific letter which I have found very successful and I use Dr. Jean's music EVERY day! :whistle:
     
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    Most preschools/pre-K programs around me teach uppercase first. I think this has to do with it being easier for the students to write. However, we focus on lowercase in Kindergarten because it is what they will mostly see when reading.
     
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    I understand the people/programs that focus on uppercase first because it is easier to write BUT what about reading? That is mostly lowercase. So...I do both. The kinder teachers around me want the preschoolers coming in writing their names in upper and lowercase so we start of from the beginning doing both. I don't use a pre-made curriculum so it is flexible to do what we want.
     
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    I am with scmom and expose my class to both. When it comes to writing we focus on the letters in their names first, always doing a capital and then lowercase. I don't think preschool is too young to introduce letters and see what individual kids are ready for.
     
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    Which songs do you use?
     
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    Handwriting without tears starts with capital letters, but 99% of everything we write is in lower case. I always do lowercase first and usually just touch on the capitals.

    In kindergarten we do manuscript first semester, for about the first 3 weeks of school, and then in January we do cursive for the whole month of January. From then on, they're expected to write in cursive.
     
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    Names first....one capital then lowercase for rest. Then all letters taught are lower. Since I didn't teach a letter a day, letters were taught as a full unit of items to use.
     
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    Thank you!

    Thank you all for your responses. Some very helpful information!
     

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