Proven multi-sensory methods to teach printing supported by research-based high-quality practice pages, lesson plans, letter posters and teacher’s guide.
Do you want your children to use legible and automatic handwriting in their everyday work? Are you tired of giving your students worksheets that they hate and that do not help them write correctly or efficiently in their daily writing? Upgrade your teaching to include research-based best practices. Legible and automatic handwriting is not old-fashioned; two decades of research has found that handwriting is the single most important factor accounting for success in written language skills (Connelly, 2005 & 2006; Graham, 1997; Jones 1999: Medwell 2007 & 2009; Puranik 2012). In fact, it has been found that interventions addressing handwriting are more effective in improving compositional fluency than those addressing phonological awareness (Graham, Harris & Fink, 2000). Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) finds that the act of learning to print letters aids in the acquisition of letter identification and reading skills (James and Engelhardt 2012).
Engaging lesson plans, multi-sensory whole group activities, and practice sheets are specifically designed to incorporate best teaching practices that promote positive outcomes:
*Legibility skills include differentiating between the placement of tall, short, & tail letters.
*Automaticity skills free up students to compose rather than think about how to write the letters and words. Automaticity is vitally linked to writing language skills and progress monitor tool for automaticity skills is built into Winged Writers instructional sequence (practice sheets). A corresponding motivational student graph is included.
*Letters starting at the top promote fast and fluid handwriting that is legible throughout the student’s life. Print Path’s instructional program aligns with motor learning principles, and letters are specifically sequenced to help children use skills they already have to learn new letters.
*Words and sentences are ‘blocked’ to teach motor memory in functional chunks.
*The path of movement language is used to teach and to help your children recall difficult letter formations as they write. Group names assist in the memory of difficult or frequently reversed formations.
*Reinforces CCSS skills and provides positive social and emotional messages. (see Preview)
*Illustrations provide phonics and reading connections and are culturally inclusive.
*A self-directed goal helps your children take responsibility for their own learning by choosing and working towards their own handwriting goals.
*The teacher’s guide assists with use of best practices including tips for differentiation and response to intervention.
This Bundle includes: Practice Book, Lesson Plans, Teacher’s Guide, and Letter Group Posters.
Lesson Plans: 6 pages, 20 weeks of instruction
• Multisensory group activities including lyrics to songs that help teach scope elements.
• Directions for teaching specific scope elements such as: three sizes of letters, top to bottom formations, student self-awareness, and goal setting.
• Instructional VIDEO for teachers to watch: use of path language, verbal rehearsal, and imitation.
• Illustrations describing specific directions for how to use and get the most value from practice pages.
Teacher’s Guide: 20 pages
Effective handwriting instruction involves more than providing dashed-line alphabetical-order worksheets to your students. Currently, most teachers do not enjoy teaching handwriting and many avoid it. If you are not consistently teaching printing skills, it may be that you do not yet have the materials and skills you need to be effective. With these practice sheets, teacher’s guide, and lesson plans, you and your children can find satisfaction and joy in handwriting practice! If you want your children to use legible and automatic handwriting in their everyday work, make learning handwriting fun with Winged Writers.
Page 2 Quick users guide: Practice pages show use of: gray boxes, go dots, stop signs, and teaching tips.
Page 3 Table of contents for Winged Writers Practice pages/book.
Page 4 Beginning handwriting skill instruction.
Page 5 Advancing the handwriting skills of students.
Page 6 Teaching automaticity skills.
Page 7 Differentiation: meeting the needs of all.
Page 8 Response to Intervention. Core instruction and when to extend instruction.
Page 9 -11 Path of Movement Language. Sequence of instruction.
Page 12 The impact of poor physical writing on written language development.
First and Second grade learning objectives.
Page 13-14 Relationship of teaching printing relates to CCSS Common Core Sate Standards in First Grade.
Page 15 Positive social & emotional skill messages.
Research-based best practices to teach handwriting.
Page 16 Explicit Instruction
Page 17 Teacher Support of small group – Pencil practice on structured practice sheets, and Use of feedback to optimize skill acquisition when students use a pencil to print in practice books.
Page 18 Seven Critical Components of Effective Feedback Reflected in Print Path handwriting instruction.
Page 19 Use of Theory of Motor Learning to Teach Printing.
Page 20 License agreement and acknowledgments.
Winged Writers Book: 40 pages
1-4 Review of Uppercase Letters. Objectives:
*Reinforces starting at the top; capitals are made with lines and curves, and tall letters fit in the top two spaces of writing.
*Recall of upper case formations without a model.
*Preparation for lowercase pre-assessment.
5 Personal goal page.
6 ALPM (Alphabet Letters Per Minute) Objectives:
*Progress monitor tool.
7-13 ‘C-starts’ group practice pages.
14 ALPM (Alphabet Letters Per Minute) progress monitor.
15-20 ‘re-tracing rules’ group practice pages.
21 ALPM (Alphabet Letters Per Minute) progress monitor.
22-26 ‘little fly-up’ group
23, 25, 30, 33 Tall, short, tail letter discrimination practice.
26 Review of handwriting goal.
27 ALPM (Alphabet Letters Per Minute) progress monitor.
28-34 ‘sliding - slanting’ group practice pages.
30, 33 Writing prompt, tall and tail letter review, & formation review.
35 Practice of three sizes of letters on pre-notebook paper with a disappearing middle line.
36 Visual memory of letter formations without a model.
37 ALPM (Alphabet Letters Per Minute) progress monitor.
38 ALPM progress graph
39-40 Lined paper to finish writing prompts, to practice ALPM, or for extra formation practice.
Lowercase letter formation guides with go-dots that are organized by instructional groups. Posters can be printed on either four pieces of 11”x17” or eight pieces of 8.5” x 11” card-stock.
PrintPath uses its own font that more closely resembles Handwriting Without Tears than Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian. Letters have a vertical alignment, they do not push off the writing line, and it is visually evident that lowercase letters are mostly made with single strokes. Print Path has its own distinct curriculum with scope, sequence, visual cues, verbal path of movement language, and multisensory methods. If you are looking for the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum follow this link.
Many teachers, therapists, and school districts use PrintPath products as their primary stand-alone handwriting curriculum. Some teachers and therapists purchase PrintPath products to extend instruction after using either a Zaner-Bloser style or a HWT curriculum. Other teachers and therapists use PrintPath to help transition children from using the HWT two-lined paper to a more standard three-line primary paper. If you have any questions please feel free to email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
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