Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Instruction Matters!
If handwriting motions are not efficient, it interferes with the whole writing process: Our goal is for letter formation to be fluid and automatic.
A multisensory, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, cost-efficient, and brain-friendly way we know of to plant habits for good handwriting—because handwriting matters!
Now that ambitious kindergarten writing expectations are the foundation for the rigorous K-12 Common Core Writing Standards, it is vital that kindergarten teachers give children the gift of legible handwriting habits right from the start of their journey as writers. We disadvantage children if they do not have an efficient pencil grip, good handwriting skills, and writing fluency by the end of kindergarten.
Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Begins with Good Pencil Grip and the Child’s Name
Send Parents a Copy of a Name Ticket Model and a Practice Book for Nightly Review
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!
- Teacher 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 in 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!
Make these strategies routine in your classroom:
Learn more about Nellie Edge Online Seminars below.
Nellie Edge Online Seminars: The Foundation
Grow Your Kindergarten Writers Build Stamina for the Writing Workshop
• ABC Phonics
• Kindergarten Handwriting
• Authentic Sight Word Work
Your Professional Development just got easier!
3 Seminars for $39 each ($59 Individually)
With on-demand, unlimited access you can study at your own pace.
- Each seminar is divided into chapters of practical, targeted content
- Each includes a 100+ page Teachers' Power Guide: A comprehensive seminar companion
- Optional 1-3 Professional Development credits with Seminar-specific practicum projects.
Includes all your resources, organized for the classroom.