The First Strokes Advanced Block Style Workbooks were developed to help students generalize handwriting to smaller ruled paper. The letters are grouped by their "first stroke" to allow students to develop correct patterning and sequencing of letters. Cognitive cues are given for each letter using the First Stroke terminology. If a student can achieve drawing the first stroke of a letter correctly, then sequencing of the remainder of the letter formation is usually correct. Handwriting legibility tips, and reversal strategies are also presented for each letter. The Advanced Print Block Style workbooks are developmentally appropriate from the middle of Kindergarten and above. It is recommended that the instructor purchase a copy of the First Strokes Multi-sensory Instructors Manual. The workbook can be used without an instructors manual, but the manual gives multi-sensory instruction for how to make the program progress from large, to medium motor to small motor (workbook) activities. Students should be able to write the letter in the air, and in giant handwriting lines, before doing the workbook. After a student completes a letter page in the workbook, then it is recommended that the student work on the letter within handwriting paper. This workbook includes both upper and lower case letters. The workbook is in greyscale.
Put the FUN into handwriting! A video of our program can be found at www.TheHandwritingClinic.com.
The program is designed by an occupational therapist, Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR and is used at The Handwriting Clinic in Plano, Texas. Jan has presented numerous workshops on the program, since 2002 and this program is used in many schools and occupational therapy clinics!