In Chinese, there is a very particular way to write each character. This is referred to as "stroke order". After time, it becomes habit, much like writing in English.
I'll be sending home some practice pages for them to work on. If you just follow the numbered arrows, you can help them know in which order to make the different strokes.
Today we worked on
我 wo (me or I)
你 ni (you)
A great website for looking up stroke order is
You can look up any word, then click on stroke order to see an animation of how to write that character.
We also began exploring basic shapes. The names of the shapes will be on next week's vocabulary list.