Verna Richardson December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
Legibility principle operates starting from individual symbols, then throughout entire writing system. The recognizability of symbol/word forms, inter-differentiability of symbols, and inter-differentiability of words are the basis of a scripts legibility. Symbols/words are elementary. The strength of a writing system is usually judged on its entirety  - its all written works, the area and people it covers, all knowledge it represents etc. The dominant system is not necessarily the most legible. But legibility will exhibit its power as more-legible writing system grows faster. Individual symbols/words are building units of whole system and, basically determine how the whole system looks like and the potential it can expand. Legible symbols/words can be organized better and expand further. Legible system possesses more written works or has the potential to be such. It can grow bigger and thus represent more knowledge, leading to its success. Symbols form words, sentences and eventually a whole system. Rules/grammar develops for word formation and arranging words together. There are also recommended ways of formatting and writing paragraphs, thesis and book, but they havent become rules. These rules and recommendations imply the characteristics of larger linguistic units, facilitating reading and expanding legibility from symbol level to phrase, sentence levels and throughout the entire system. As time goes on, more-legible system overpowers/replaces less-legible system.
Teachers and parents basically are the primary users of worksheets. It is an effective tool in helping children learn how to write. There are many types of writing worksheets. There is the cursive writing worksheets and the kindergarten worksheets. The latter is more on letter writing and number writing. This is typically given to kids of aged four to seven to first teach them how to write. Through these worksheets, they learn muscle control in their fingers and wrist by repeatedly following the strokes of writing each letter. These writing worksheets have traceable patterns of the different strokes of writing letters. By tracing these patterns, kids slowly learn how a letter is structured.
Knowledge representation is achieved by growth of text. With respect to a symbol, text grows in two ways: internal growth and external growth. Through internal growth, a symbol becomes more complex. External growth is sequential combination of symbols into bigger linguistic units. Reading involves moving visual fixation from symbol to symbol. When a sequence of symbols is read, symbols next to the fixated are of interested. External growth of text is mainly in the forward direction as eyes strive to take them in. Competition exists between internal and external growths. When reading direction is same as larger visual span direction (horizontal), external growth is promoted. When reading direction is same as smaller visual span direction (vertical), internal growth is promoted.
But the alphabet color pages which come with designs and small drawings like beautiful coloring objects make it easy for them to remember the words. When H for Horse or Home or House is linked with pictures or cartoons of the objects, they find it interesting and funny and remember quickly. Thus this is one very important benefit that you get from alphabet coloring pages. All the alphabet coloring pages are designed by designers who draw alphabets in variety of shapes that create some kind of interest in their minds and they can imagine and related them to objects. Such images on the pages reinforce letter and numeric figure recognition and also improve writing skills. The children also try to draw or write the alphabets beautifully as in the coloring pages. Thus their basic starts with some discipline and interest to create things better.
Visual evolution of writing Evolution of writing is reflected in its visual characteristics. We can easily see the salient visual distinction between alphabets and pictographs. Alphabet is a standardized set of letters. They usually comprise tens of letters, and are derived from complex pictographic scripts. Pictographs are complex and huge in amount. It is understandable to think that they have not evolved visually. If evolved visually, why becoming simpler instead of more complex? If writing is taken as visual art, it should evolve towards greater complexity. However, writing is a means of communication, representing and recording knowledge. The clarity, convenience, efficiency and suitability for reading thus become main concern. At the beginning, drawings were to depict something directly, as pictures. They were arranged usually in lines to represent meaning continuously. Apparently, the complex pictographs are not easy to recognize, lowering reading accuracy. It affects the reading fluency since more time is spent fixating at one pictograph before moving to the next. Complex symbols are discarded or simplified to facilitate linear reading. Some symbols had simpler and clearer visual pattern and were more frequently used. Long time passed, only a set of symbols are left and standardized. We call them alphabets. The reduction in number, simplification and standardization facilitate visual manipulation and memorization, leading the alphabets to supersede pictographs. Alphabetic writing is more suitable for reading than pictographic systems. We use the word legibility to denote the concept fit for reading, which we think is the central in evolution.
When text is arranged horizontally, external growth further simplifies symbols as horizontal visual span extends farther. Contextual effect leads visual span to extend further forward as people guess out meaning from text of less acuity. Rapid eye movement also contributes to simplification because less time is spent on each symbol. For instance, for left-right writing more symbols to the right are read than those to the left , probably more than the width of right visual span. Horizontal writing has undergone successful simplification, standardization and systematization into a small number of letters - alphabet.