Kindergarten Handwriting MasterClass Intensive

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PreK - K, Homeschool
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192 pages
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MasterClass in Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting

A MasterClass taken directly from a 2018 Live Workshop by Nellie Edge.

  • Use this 192-slide, step-by-step Power Guide to incorporate proven kindergarten handwriting practices.

Why does Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting matter?

We have proven: if handwriting motions are not fluent, it interferes with the whole writing process!


· Best practices to teach name writing

· Reasons to teach fingerspelling

· Why research does not support tracing over isolated letters

· How to teach pencil grip

· What does good kindergarten handwriting look like?

· How to teach “Lift the Pen” motions and “Continuous” letter motions

· Eliminate b d confusions—lessons from Reading Recovery®

· How to integrate handwriting and sight word work

· Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Resources

· Assessment

· Parents as Partners

· Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

· Much, much, more…

Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting is an authentic integrated approach that builds the writing brain. No isolated tracing over letters!

This MasterClass Intensive by kindergarten teacher-researcher Nellie Edge is designed for easy browsing or in-depth study.

  • Photos show steps and growth
  • Learn best practices with Common Core Connections and research
  • Study this Power Guide to further understand Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting
  • Literacy Coaches: Use this as a presentation for your kindergarten team
  • Download as full-page slides or 4 slides to a page. Staple or have bound

Developed BY kindergarten teachers FOR kindergarten teachers!

Over 10 years of collaboration with master writing teachers culminated in this kindergarten-friendly approach to handwriting.

Documented on our action-research blog:

A multisensory, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, inexpensive, and brain-friendly way we know to plant lifelong habits for good handwriting in kindergarten while building stamina and fluency for Writing Workshop!

Explore a proven approach to kindergarten handwriting that embraces the arts

· Differentiate learning

· Invite parents to be partners in kindergarten success

· Actively engage your students in drawing, handwriting sentences, and book making

· Teach with high expectations and an Optimal Learning Model

· Weave these strategies into your own writing framework

Make kindergarten-friendly handwriting strategies routine in your classroom

· Create multisensory memory hooks

· Use fingerspelling

· Learn handwriting action songs and chants

· Engage English Language Learners and harder-to-accelerate learners

MRIs of the child’s brain prove: Tracing over individual letters is NOT consistent with how the brain learns best! Copying meaningful words makes the brain work hard! Motivate young writers with authentic handwriting lessons. 95% of the words children write use lowercase letters: 90% of Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting uses real words and sentences.

You may also be interested in:

· Kindergarten Handwriting Bundle

· Parents as Partners in Kindergarten Handwriting Bundle

· Free ABC Play Dough Mats with handwriting supports

· Free Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting eBook

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192 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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