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Is Untidy Handwriting a Disability? Does it Affect Marks?

One of our great handwriting researchers, Steve Graham, identified the shocking implications of untidy handwriting on the grades allocated to students. I have always known untidy handwriting affected marks.  But even I didn’t know the extreme impact it had, and why it is important to write neatly.  It is shocking how hard our children have… Read more »

left handed handwriting, left handed page position

Left Handed Handwriting. A Golden Nugget

Every teacher and every therapist has encountered a left handed child.  If you aren’t left handed yourself, you may wonder how to help and advise parents.  You want to ensure they end up with a well adjusted left hander, who masters handwriting with the same finesse as many of their right handed counterparts.  If you… Read more »

pencil grips and pencil grippers for kids

Pencil Grips and Pencil Grippers. An Ultimate Guide.

Pencil grips or pencil grippers are popular when it comes to assisting children in achieving the optimal pencil grip for pencil control, speed, and legibility of handwriting.  They are placed on the pencil with the goal of correctly positioning the fingers on the pencil, to develop the optimal pencil control for handwriting. Way back when… Read more »

Fun letter formation activities for kids

Letter Formation. The Secret Weapon to Good Handwriting 

Letter formation usually includes the ability to correctly form both letters and numbers.  Research has shown that good letter formation is a significant predictor of the mastery of good handwriting.  Looking at what is letter formation with this easy infographic from The Happy Handwriter will take you through the steps toward mastering letter and number formation…. Read more »

Cutting exercises for pre-schoolers

Free Practise Cutting Worksheet. Pre-School Cutting Skills

Cutting assists children to develop their fine motor hand muscles for pencil control and handwriting.  I believe it to be one of the most valuable pre-handwriting skills we have.  The cutting motion develops the exact muscles and movement patterns we need for pencil grip and pencil control so it certainly deserves our attention.  Once your… Read more »

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Teaching Handwriting in South Africa | 8 Steps to Improve it.

We all know what untidy, illegible handwriting looks like.  The quality of fine motor skills and pencil control are on the decline in our techno age where pre-schoolers are pointing and swiping, rather than engaging in the manipulative skills required for developing the hand muscles essential for controlling a pencil.  What is the best approach… Read more »

Donating pencils

The Pencil Project

Yesterday, during a Muscle Mania fine motor group in a Grade 1 classroom at a disadvantaged school, pencils took on a whole new meaning to me.  In fact, it was the absence of pencils.  Many of the children didn’t have pencils and some had pencils so small, that when they were writing, they were hidden… Read more »