Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters!
Discover a Kindergarten-Friendly Approach to Handwriting Developed by Kindergarten Teachers
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:
1. Teach efficient pencil grip
2. Use name ticket strategies
3. Involve parents as partners
4. Build efficient handwriting motions for sentence fluency
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
Useful Parent Letters Support Efficient Pencil Grasp and Good Handwriting
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.
We Celebrate Children’s Lives and Their Names
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!
Learn How to Use Art to Teach Handwriting Concepts
Lift-the-pen motion for letters f, k, p, t, x, y
Teach continuous motion for all remaining letters
Watch Nellie Edge Combine Drawing and Handwriting Instruction
from Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2
Here is a “Cross-the-Midline” 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
Purchase entire handwriting program
or receive it as a free digital download with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2.
Watch Nellie Edge Teach the "I" Chant
“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
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!
Take a Master Class in Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting
with Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2
The Foundation Online Seminars Also Include:
#1 Multisensensory ABC and Phonics Immersion and #3 Authentic Sight Word Work