Why Does Kindergarten–Friendly Handwriting Matter?
If handwriting motions are not fluent, it interferes with the whole writing process.
Your Kindergarten Handwriting program includes:
• Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work Teacher’s Guide. Detailed handwriting lessons: photo essays, research, parents as partners connections, a year-long overview and optimal teaching model.
• 30 Essential Beginning Kindergarten Handwriting Lessons and multisensory art-rich strategies (42 pages)
• A – Z Student Practice Pages. Directly connect with key ABC Phonics Symbols, letter and sentence practice to differentiate learning (31 pages)
Is this approach to kindergarten handwriting right for you?
Find out by downloading our FREE Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting E-Book (35 pages)
to see photo essay documentation of these handwriting practices in diverse kindergarten classrooms.
How does this approach to handwriting work?
Nellie Edge Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting program dramatically accelerates writing proficiency when used as designed within a comprehensive kindergarten writing program. Consider this for your Professional Development!
Learn how important language is when talking to young writers! Wow! How did you train your brain to remember how to print that letter?
Handwriting is taught in an authentic context: first using each child’s name, then using real words that have personal meaning to a child, and finally using high-frequency “heart word” sentences that build stamina for the Writing Workshop. Fingerspelling, letter recognition, and the beginning sounds of words are systematically and intentionally taught while practicing handwriting.
This differentiated approach to handwriting recognizes the diverse nature of most kindergartens. Entering students often represent a 4-year span of fine motor and handwriting readiness!
What is our research base?
This authentic multisensory approach to Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work builds on the pioneering Reading Recovery® research from Marie Clay. It builds on what is known, provides individual coaching and weaves growth mindset challenges, and engaging integrated literacy lessons into authentic word work.
Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting practices are consistent with decades of visual learning research documented by Dr. John Hatti. We give children high-expectations, crystal-clear, achievable learning targets, provide feedback, and then children learn to self-evaluate. Mastery of each phase of handwriting fluency is acknowledged and celebrated.
90% of our focus is on writing lowercase letters since over 90% of kindergarten writing uses lowercase letters, which are also easier to write.
Art-rich lessons featuring fingerspelling, sign language, drawing, movement chants, and singing are a part of our multisensory handwriting framework.
These powerful strategies create multisensory memory hooks—especially for English Language Learners and harder-to-accelerate learners. Scroll down the ABC Phonics page
to find free fingerspelling tutorials.
Make these handwriting practices routine your classroom and watch your writing proficiency soar!
Have the best writing year ever!
As a supplement, consider the Parents as Partners family guide
Parents as Partners in Kindergarten Handwriting