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Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting
Peterson Directed Handwriting
WRITE-RIGHT BOARD - Giving Penmanship a New Slant

Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting

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The Clear Path To Handwriting
By Nan Jay Barchowsky

Learn to write for lifelong pleasure and reward. Learn to write logically. Learn to write in a linear manner. Start with basics. Then, progress steadily to fluent, legible handwriting. What are the basics? Capital letters? No. Lowercase letters? No. What then?

There are two essentials for good handwriting: Posture and rhythm. Young children can learn both of them in playful activities. Posture relates to the appropriate position of the body for any physical activity. For handwriting, as with playing the piano for example, it is important that the arms, hands and fingers be relaxed in order to move effectively. Rhythm evolves from focused, yet relaxed movement.

Of course, it is best to start learning with a sound, logical program as a young child, and follow it through to the development of a fluent hand. It is also easiest to define a linear program as it moves smoothly from pre-writing activities to learning to make the characters to fluency. We will go there first, and then address the path for the older student.

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Peterson Directed Handwriting

Movement-Based Strategy for Teaching and Learning - Our lessons are not Trace & Copy. The strategy is called a "directed lesson."

Letters are taught much like you would teach a line dance or aerobic exercise routine. The strategy is easy to use. The teacher handbook provides a daily lesson outline that focuses on process instruction - where to start, which way to go AND how to move.

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WRITE-RIGHT BOARD – Giving Penmanship a New Slant

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By Linda K. Foster

The importance of clear, legible handwriting should not be underestimated. Poor handwriting costs schools thousands of dollars each year in lower test scores and lower overall grades. Students with illegible handwriting often suffer from lower self-esteem and are less likely to be academically successful. Learning to write can be uncomfortable and frustrating, but it does not need to be. The Write-Right Board is a fun and easy tool that takes the pain, struggle, and frustration out of learning to write and is a proven method for teachers and parents to teach proper handwriting from the very beginning of the learning process.

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