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Our Handwriting Teaching Strategies: We use a proven method for correcting handwriting
Success4School teaches actively and explicitly in a developmental sequence. Our program uses multisensory teaching to incorporate all the senses in a fun and engaging way, ensuring that all children learn regardless of learning style or background. Handwriting correction can be added as a goal to any tutoring program or as a stand-alone goal. Structured handwriting lessons lead to improved writing performance, academic success, and overall student self-esteem (Graham and Harris, 2005; Graham, Harris, and Fink 2000; Berninger et al. 1997; Jones and Christensen 1999). When children practice printing by hand, their neural activity is far more enhanced and “adult-like” (Bounds 2010).
Children who experience difficulty mastering handwriting may avoid writing and decide that they cannot write, leading to arrested writing development (Graham, Harris, and Fink 2000). Children consistently do better writing with a pen. They write more and they write faster (Berninger 2009). Like ALL of our programs, our corrective handwriting program is research based! Our curriculum draws from years of research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for your child. You will soon see why it works. We take a unique physical approach to instruction that addresses posture, grip, and paper positioning- best practices in the industry and those that achieve real results. Our handwriting program can be added to a tutoring program or be the sole basis of tutoring. The cost is the same per session as our tutoring and is considered a part of our Foundations one to one Tutoring Program. Let us know if you would like to add handwriting to your tutoring goals, or that handwriting is the focus of your tutoring as a stand alone goal. Developmental Sequence We teach the easiest skills first, then build on prior knowledge. Our teaching sequence takes advantage of child development and brain research to promote effective learning and good habits. Our Program is based on teaching handwriting using a special developmental teaching order. It helps children master handwriting skills in the easiest, most efficient way. As a result, children can transition quickly from learning the mechanics of handwriting to focusing on content and meaning—in all subjects. We teach printing first. After printing is mastered, we add the cursive connections if requested. We can also start right with cursive, reteaching manuscript in the process.
Developmentally, capitals are easier so we teach them first. The capital teaching order helps teach correct formation and orientation while eliminating reversals. Learning capitals first makes it easy to transition to lowercase letters. We teach these with boxes to help with orientation training. We teach lowercase c, o, s, v, and w first because they are exactly the same as their capital partners, only smaller. By teaching capitals first, we have prepared children for nearly half of the lowercase letters that are similar in formation. In cursive, we teach lowercase letters first to help children learn cursive skills in the easiest, most efficient way. It’s also developmentally planned to start with letters that are familiar from printing, making an easier transition from print to cursive. Children learn their lowercase letters first, and then transition to capitals. Capitals are taught after lowercase letters because of their infrequent use and complex formations. Children usually learn capitals very quickly. The simple letter style and teaching order makes cursive capitals easy to learn.
Letter Style & Lined Paper Our corrective handwriting program teaches a simple, clean, vertical style of printing and cursive that is easiest for children. Our printing style helps children succeed in handwriting in an inclusive classroom. The continuous stroke print looks like the letters and words children read every day. It’s developmental, prevents reversals, and prepares children for a smooth transition to cursive. We use a simple, continuous, vertical stroke that is easy for children to learn. The letter style is also familiar because it looks like the letters and words children see and read every day. Today’s cursive is not about style, or being fancy. With correct formation habits, students develop the speed and legibility necessary for cursive success. To become successful and fluent writers, children need to prepare for all styles of paper. Our program uses special paper at first transitioning to paper widely used everywhere.
The double lines on the special paper quickly teach children how to place letters. Small letters fit in the middle space, tall letters go in the top space, descending letters go in the bottom space. Double lines help children place letters correctly, eliminating line confusion. The base line guides placement, and the mid line controls the size of letters. Students who struggle with start and placement on other styles of paper succeed on double lines and transition well after formation is learned again. Parent Resources Click here for thealphabet to support your child at home. We have plain handwriting paper for use with practice or speak to your child’s teacher to “temporarily “ use this paper in lieu of notebook paper for better transition and integrated strategy use and application of what he/she learns at Success4School. Just ask your child’s specialist. You can also purchase special paper directly from thecompanyHandwriting without Tears. We purchase our materials directly from the company as needed or from Amazon.com