Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters!
Are you happy with your kindergarten handwriting?
Learn strategies for a proven and authentic approach to kindergarten handwriting that simultaneously teaches high-frequency words and builds stamina for writing workshop. This multisensory, art-rich, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, cost-efficient, and brain-friendly way we know of to plant good handwriting habits.
We are delighted with the response to our many blogs about handwriting, so we have combined our best handwriting tips and resources for you on one web page. Scroll down and learn how to teach efficient pencil grip, use name ticket strategies, involve parents, and build efficient handwriting motions for sentence fluency.
Includes free videos, printable practice pages, and actionable Parents as Partners resources.
Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Begins with Good Pencil Grip and the Child’s Name
Parents are Partners in Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting
We Send Parents a Copy of a Name Ticket Model and Our Practice Book for Nightly Review
Nellie Edge Shares a Preview of How to Use a Name Ticket
from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2
The step-by-step video tutorials are broken into the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting
Chapter 2: Use a Name Ticket Model
Chapter 3: Handwriting Lessons in September
Chapter 4: Meaningful Handwriting Practice
Chapter 5: Building Handwriting Fluency
Handwriting practice is woven into authentic writing experiences that have meaning to the child—not isolated drill!
A Useful Tip for Teaching Efficient Pencil Grip Is… Keep the last two fingers engaged!
Put half of a tissue under the last two fingers
- Use a cotton ball, small “fun” ball, or even a marble to keep the last two fingers engaged
- Teach children “duck talk” using the thumb and pointer finger: put a small pencil in your duck’s mouth
Parents Deserve to Know Why Good Handwriting Matters and That It Begins with Efficient Pencil Grasp
It is normal for children to enter kindergarten with a wide range of fine-motor development. Some children start the year with an efficient pencil grasp, and others are developing one. This is because children’s finger muscles develop with time and experience.
Children’s Photos and Names Adorn the Walls in Joyful Writing-to-Read Classrooms
Early on, children learn to read and write friends’ names
Writing One’s Name and The Names of Friends Is Part of the Kindergarten Culture: It Matters!
Use Large Body Movement Patterns and Art to Teach Handwriting Concepts
Use lift-the-pen motion for letters f, k, p, t, x, y
Use continuous motion for all remaining letters
This Is a “Cross-the-Midline” Visual Integration Skill that Children Love to Practice
Once they master it, you’ll have stars on everything!
- 100+ page Teacher's Guide
- 40 pages of large group lessons, parent information, handwriting chants, drawing templates, and assessment pages
- 30-page a-z student writing templates
- Little books
Included free with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2.
“I love you” is the Handwriting Anchor Sentence!
We teach for mastery!
Guided Handwriting Practice Pages Support and Challenge Diverse Learners
Pink “Heart Word” Sentences Provide Daily Handwriting Practice—on Paper or White/Erase Boards
We simultaneously develop handwriting fluency and high-frequency sentence fluency to accelerate writing proficiency.
Some Children Will Need Much More Multisensory Practice
Expect children to fingerspell and demonstrate handwriting motions while saying a/”a” and b/”b” and c/”c” with play dough mats. Fingerspelling builds finger strength and creates memory hooks for writing.
Handwriting Instruction Is Meaningful and Memorable: We Write “Thank You” as Secret Messages to Take Home and Hide
All Children Have More Writing Stamina When They Learn Good Handwriting in Their First Language
Kindergarten-friendly handwriting is appropriate for English Language Learners.
By April or May, We Provide Whole Class ABC Fluency Practice Using Notebooks or White Boards
Every time children recall the letters from memory, the brain channels get faster. Our goal is to write 40 letters a-z (lowercase) in 60 seconds. Children practice every morning, beginning the last two months of school.
Give Children the Gift of Lifelong Habits for Legible Handwriting Right From the Start of Their Journey as Kindergarten Writers!
Art, Creativity, and Choice Are All Part of Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting!
This page features some of the many strategies you'll learn in Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2.
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Seminar #1: Multisensory ABC and Phonics Immersion
Seminar #2: Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters!
Seminar #3 Authentic Sight Word Work
WITH EACH SEMINAR YOU'll RECEIVE:
- Unlimited Access to Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
- Companion Teacher's Guide
- Coordinating Classroom Resources - ready to use!
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