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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.

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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Begins with Good Pencil Grip and the Child’s Name

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10 Kindergarten Handwriting: 1. Use a Name Ticket Model
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Send Parents a Copy of a Name Ticket Model and a Practice Book for Nightly Review

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My Name Ticket Practice Book

All handwriting templates and reproducibles included with the Online Seminar.

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Nellie Edge Online Seminar, Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters, is organized into 5 chapters.
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Preview a strategy from chapter 2:
Use a Name Ticket Model

Handwriting practice is woven into authentic writing experiences that have meaning to the child—not isolated drill!

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teach kindergartners to write

A Useful Tip for Teaching Efficient Pencil Grip Is… Keep the last two fingers engaged!

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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

Dear Families,

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.

Young Children Benefit from Small Muscle Activities

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Use tweezers, beads and suction cups to encourage fine motor development.

It Can Be Useful To Provide an Actual Support for the Fingers

The “Writing C.L.A.W.” is the best pincher grasp support we have used.

C.L.A.W. photo from www.thepencilgrip.com

 

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Children’s Photos and Names Adorn the Walls in Joyful Writing-to-Read Classrooms

Early on, children learn to read and write friends’ names

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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

Art to Teach Handwriting

Use continuous motion for all remaining letters

Art to Teach Handwriting

Nellie Edge Online Seminar #2 is organized into 5 chapters.
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Preview a strategy from chapter 3:
How Drawing Supports Handwriting Development

This Is a “Cross-the-Midline” Visual Integration Skill that Children Love to Practice

Once they master it, you’ll have stars on everything!

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Learn How to Draw a Five-Point Star

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Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work

  • 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.

Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting, Phonics, and Word Work

The "I" Chant and "I Always Start My Letters at the Top!"

From Sing, Sign, Spell, and Read!. The CD of 34 songs is available from our Online Store.

The I Chant by Nellie Edge. Learn Proven Handwriting Strategies from Accomplished Kindergarten Teachers

Nellie Edge Online Seminar, Kindergarten-Friendly Handwriting Matters, is organized into 5 chapters.
Download chapter overview.

Preview a strategy from chapter 3:
The "I" Chant

“I love you” is the Handwriting Anchor Sentence!

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teach kindergartners to write

We teach for mastery!

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Guided Handwriting Practice Pages Support and Challenge Diverse Learners

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handwriting practice lessons
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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.

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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.

Free download from Nellie Edge TpT Store

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Handwriting Instruction Is Meaningful and Memorable: We Write “Thank You” as Secret Messages to Take Home and Hide

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All Children Have More Writing Stamina When They Learn Good Handwriting in Their First Language

Kindergarten-friendly handwriting is appropriate for English Language Learners.

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little books

By April or May, We Provide Whole Class ABC Fluency Practice Using Notebooks or White Boards

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kindergarten lessons

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!

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Is Good Handwriting Natural and Automatic for Your Kindergartners?

Accomplished kindergarten teachers have proven these engaging strategies. (5-pg PDF)

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Make These Practices Routine in Your Classroom

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  • Each seminar is divided into chapters of practical, targeted content
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