This is a 6-week handwriting programme for children who find handwriting a little boring. It is a step by step skills programme created by myself using occupational therapy techniques to improve handwriting. It will show you exactly how to help a child improve their letter formation, remain motivated to learn and enjoy handwriting whilst still having a lot of fun.
It has a spy theme where Rufus, the master spy training dog, gives guidance to a child on how they can improve their handwriting.
Level 1: How to use a pencil and have fun
Week 1 sessions are based around the theme of being a recruit detective. Rufus, the detective dog, will show a child how to hold a pencil and then ask them to complete the missing half of pictures, make origami animals and improve their pencil tracking skills by drawing along a road around a town.
Level 2: Handwriting essentials
In week 2 a child’s training moves onto being an agent. This week they must learn how to sit and angle the paper when writing. They will be asked to show pencil control skills by finding animals along a track and completing maze puzzles.
Level 3: How letters are formed
Week 3 sessions move onto look at letter formation skills. Rufus will explain to a child that the secret to forming letters is being able to draw handwriting patterns. We will then move onto practicing letter writing using the joined-up style.
Level 4: Cursive (joined up) writing
Being able to write using the cursive style is about understanding the steps needed to write clearly. In this week a child will learn how to draw dinosaurs and monsters using a step by step approach. They will then use this technique to write the 9 most used letters of the alphabet.
Level 5: Having letters the same size
At this level, a child’s training develops to becoming a spy and here they are introduced to the secret of using a house to improve letter sizes. Here they will practice writing spy sentences to improve their letter size.
Level 6: Writing fast and neat
In our last week a child, with the help of Rufus (of course!), becomes a master spy. They will be asked to unite everything they have learned so far to copy words using different pens/pencils, to write fast and write their own spy or detective story.
- There are 92 pages in total, with guidance notes for educators. At the beginning and end of the pack is a handwriting assessment tool to measure progress.
- Every week has 3 days worth of work with 3 challenges a day to complete. There are 3 emoji faces for a child to rate how well they feel they have done with that handwriting activity.
Please note, every effort has been made to make sure this resource is using American English.
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About Help with Handwriting:
This resource has been designed by myself, Sheilagh Blyth, using over 20 years of school-based occupational therapy experience and the latest handwriting research. It is suitable for all children in your class including those with special educational needs.
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