MasterClass in Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting
A MasterClass taken directly from a 2018 Live Workshop by Nellie Edge.
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
· 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.
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.
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