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Handwriting is Dead?

As a mother with two children from the iPad Generation, it has always been a challenge to encourage them to practice handwriting. As they grow older, it is clear that they would rather type than write. I guess I can’t really blame them. I was the same. I’m still the same! I’d rather type thanContinue reading “Handwriting is Dead?”

Supporting Handwriting Development

These notes are from a series of workshops from our school – this particular series was on supporting your children’s handwriting development. There are some annotations and additional resources which I have added. Supporting Emerging Writers Be a writing role model – If they see you write for a purpose, watch the process, listen to youContinue reading “Supporting Handwriting Development”

Free Educational Bundles from Educents

Looking for free educational bundles? Check these five free bundles from Educents available throughout October… Hero-Themed Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets Who it’s for: Pre-K to Kinder Why it’s great: Have you met the Educents Heroes? Print these pages out and ask your child practice their alphabet with 53 pages of FREE handwriting alphabet worksheets featuring Super Doggie!! The Educents Heroes areContinue reading “Free Educational Bundles from Educents”

Should Students be Taught Cursive Handwriting in the 21st Century?

In a world that is progressively become more and more digital, there have been many arguments regarding the value of teaching children handwriting skills, let alone cursive handwriting. However, as we have covered in previous articles, just as there are benefits to retaining handwriting skills, there are also benefits for preserving the art of cursiveContinue reading “Should Students be Taught Cursive Handwriting in the 21st Century?”

Rhino’s Sleepover

G2 brought home “Rhino” – the class mascot – to stay over for the night. His responsibility was to look after Rhino and to write in a diary about the things they did together. So here’s how he entertained Rhino… Let’s go to Africa! First they “flew” off to Africa to visit the waterhole where theyContinue reading “Rhino’s Sleepover”

Mark Making and Emergent Writing: Supporting Writing at Home

Although there is more to education than the 3 Rs, reading, writing and arithmetic have long been considered the basic foundation to a successful education. Of the 3 Rs, writing has often been the area that we have trouble encouraging the boys with. Many parents tell me it’s a “boy thing” so we’ve employed all manner of ways to encourage handwriting practice. HereContinue reading “Mark Making and Emergent Writing: Supporting Writing at Home”

Handwriting Activities: Secret Code Writing

G1 loathes practicing writing. It is no surprise that he has one of the worst handwriting in his class. Encouraging him to write by hand has been a real bane and I have employed all manner of sneaky tricks to get him to practice his writing skills. This is one of my latest attempts… There was aContinue reading “Handwriting Activities: Secret Code Writing”

The Art of Writing by Hand Still Relevant in the 21st Century

“That linkage between hand and mind is intimate.” – anthropologist David F. Armstrong With the phenomenal advancement of technology over the last couple of decades, computers, smart boards, and smart devices are now typical tools in classroom education. As keystrokes fast become the norm for producing written communications, the emphasis on handwritten work is fading. Should we be concerned? As longContinue reading “The Art of Writing by Hand Still Relevant in the 21st Century”

Handwriting App: BrightStartApps Pre-K ABC

Our previous handwriting app of choice was iWriteWords by GDIPlus. We liked it because it taught children how to write letters (upper case and lower case) and numbers using the correct strokes in the correct order. Through a guided system, it ensures that children learn to write only using the correct strokes. Through recorded systemContinue reading “Handwriting App: BrightStartApps Pre-K ABC”