Alphabet Desk Mate

Looking for a handy visual alphabet reference for your students? I’ve created this for Tinker Bell so she has something on her desk that she can look at when working on her handwriting.

I’ve found that keeping something close by really helps in proper letter formation. If they can’t quite remember how a letter is formed, they can quickly glance at their desk mate alphabet strip and in the words of Tinker Bell….Voila’!

Soooo….I present the Manuscript Desk Mate:



And just because I know there are a bunch of you working on Cursive…the Cursive Desk Mate:



And don’t worry, I didn’t forget all you D’Nealian fans out there either!



The download includes all 3 fonts, and 2 sizes of each Alphabet Desk Mate, one 8×11 and one 18×4 so hopefully one of the sizes and fonts will work for your student!

Click here to download the Alphabet Desk Mate!

I hope this helps out your kiddos with their handwriting!


  1. Erica,

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I also appreciate that you included the cursive letters because I’m teaching my pre-K how to write in cursive first.

  2. I spent an hour looking for something EXACTLY like this a couple of weeks ago and never found it. Thank you for creating exactly what I was looking for!

  3. WOW, this is GREAT!!! TYSM for sharing!!!

  4. Thank You!! I have been wanting this very thing for my pre-k kids! Do you have a number line printable somewhere too?

  5. Thanks for creating these. I am using HWT and I don’t want to buy a pack of 20 or more for just 2 kids. Some of our print letters are different but it’s easy to modify! I don’t think there are any computer fonts that match them!

  6. You did it:). You always seem to know what we need!
    All of my boys love to reference their handwriting books when writing. My 6 year old just started to teach himself cursive. These strips will really help!!
    Have a fun, blessed school day!

  7. This is fabulous! Thanks for creating and sharing this!

  8. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  9. These are GREAT! Thanks for creating and sharing!

  10. Love it!!!! I was looking for something like this awhile back and never found it. Thanks so much!!!!

  11. I needed this badly!! Never would of thought of making one — Leave that to you Erica!! XOXO

  12. Thank you Erica. What a great idea and it looks great.

  13. This is so useful! Thanks so much for sharing it. 😀

  14. Wonderful and beautiful! Thanks so much..can’t wait to see how it helps my 4 year old with her letter formation 🙂 (She’s really into “writing” right now so I am striking while the iron is hot!) 😉

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this, I was just wondering if something like this would work for my kids yesterday. Now to figure out where to put it… 🙂 Thanks again!

  16. I was JUST going to make these today! You just saved me a bunch of time – thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  17. This is great! I’ve been so frustrated with only find 36 packs or what-not in our local learning stores.

  18. Thank you so much. I was just thinking about seeing if I could find something for my 5 yr old that would be at hand instead of on the wall. What a blessing!

  19. Wonderful creation.

  20. Thanks so much for posting this. I never had this available when my girls were little. Hopefully my son will get some good use out of it.

  21. Elisa Snyder says:

    Thank You Erica!!! It’s exactly what I needed!!!

  22. Thank you for simplifying my life!

  23. Erica these are wonderful. You always know what we need. I feel so blessed to have fell upon your blog. You have blessed my kids tremendously. Have a wonderful day.

  24. Can’t wait to use in my Pre-K classroom… this will be so cheerfully inviting to my children. Which is exactly what I want for the children I work with everyday. By the way ditto to Abby #4. ..number line! Thank you, Erica!

  25. Thank you I love this! I can’t wait to use it. I’d also love a number line or have 1-20 on this one if it could fit!!

  26. Thanks so much for all the great work you have done. Really cute ideas!!!!

  27. Hi Erica~
    I’d love to print out the alphabet desk mate for my kinder but am having trouble loading it-is it still available? I LOVE your website-it has been such a huge help as we will be starting our first year of homeschooling in a week. Thank you so much for all your tips!!!

  28. I LOVE this printable but my daughter is left handed and this formation is for a right handed. Could you update or send me an editable one? Thanks and appreciate all you do!

  29. Thanks so much for generously letting us use this! My daughter is dyslexic and is constantly having to check to see which way to write letters and numbers. This will make it less of a big deal for her! The cursive will come in handy!

  30. thank you so much! this d’nealian desk mate is *exactly* what i need! i truly appreciate this!

  31. Hey, just wanted to send you a big thank you!! These name tags were just what I was looking for. Hope you are having a great school year so far!

  32. Thank you thank you!! I knew you would have exactly what I needed. Our homeschool is grateful. :~)

  33. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and the hard work that you have put together. Can’t wait to begin using this with my 3 year old.

  34. WOW. Thank you!!
    I’m starting homeschool this year with three of my children and this is just what I need!

  35. Wow! Thank you so much, you are awesome! I hunted around the internet and found many annoying ones that required membership or had distracting cartoons, etc. This is perfect!

  36. Thank you!

  37. This is just what I was looking for to use as a model for my granddaughter. Thank you so much!

  38. So cute, thank you for sharing!

  39. Lora Valdellon says:

    Very, very helpful! Super THANKS!!!!

  40. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for these desk strips! They are exactly what I needed and was looking for.

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