Monday, February 2, 2015

Handwriting instruction


Handwriting.  It is like your first impression, it says a lot about who you are and what you care about.  If your handwriting is sloppy, it might give a big negative impression.  One of the number one complaints that I receive or here from parents it is that parents worry that we are not teaching handwriting in our classrooms; particularly cursive handwriting.  If I were to give an honest assessment, I would answer that they are partly correct.  Direct teaching of handwriting: from how to sit, how to hold your pencil, and how to form letters is a missing link in our classrooms today.  I used to LOVE to teach handwriting and it only takes a few minutes of a school day.  I often have thought about teaching handwriting during morning announcements, no lie, just because I love it so much.  Take some time and teach handwriting to your kids, our parents will thank you!


Here's the article that supports my thoughts, but demonstrate that this is not a "McCall" issue, it is pervasive in our society:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?_r=1&utm_content=buffer706fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://teachertoolkit.me/2014/06/29/penatweet-by-teachertoolkit-and-jeaned70/?utm_content=buffer0a7ed&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Here's a great resource to teach handwriting:

It's called 5 Steps to Achieve Proper Pencil Position, which many of our kids need guidance on here at McCall:

http://blog.upub.net/writing-is-learning-blog/bid/318851/Video-5-Easy-Steps-to-Achieve-Proper-Pencil-Position

Let's let our kids' work shine with beautiful handwriting!

Stacy