Handwriting Articles

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My “I Can Read” Poetry and Song Notebook Is a Treasure!

November 17, 2020

Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day: Developing Friendship, Responsibility, Self-Motivation, and Collaboration Skills

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Write-a-Message Center empowers children to use writing for real world purposes.

How to Set Up a Write-a-Message Center: Inspire kindergarten writers and friends all year long

November 1, 2020

Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day: Developing Friendship, Responsibility, Self-Motivation, and Collaboration Skills

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Independent Writing Center Totes

10 Steps for Success: Independent Writing Center Totes Provide Authentic Writing Experiences All Year Long!

October 18, 2020

Settling-In Time Sets the Emotional Tone for the Day: Developing Friendship, Responsibility, Self-Motivation, and Collaboration Skills

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Kindergarten Families Can Support Their Young Writers

How Kindergarten Families Can Support Their Young Writers at Home

September 30, 2020

Thank you Celeste Starr and families for your gracious permission to share photos. Here is my favorite distance learning photo from Spring 2020. Ezra wants his at-home learning area to look just like his kindergarten writing center at school, so he made “heart word” posters for the wall. I love how the teacher’s and parent’s […]

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7 Kindergarten Name Writing Tips Plus Gifts for You

September 23, 2020

I am remembering again how challenging and important it is to teach good name writing from the first days of school. Our students, in classrooms or at home, represent a 4-year developmental span of fine motor and visual perceptual skills: Here are some of the ways wise educators integrate good handwriting practices for diverse learners. […]

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30 Essential Handwriting Lessons

No Time for Isolated Handwriting Lessons?

September 1, 2020

30 Essential Kindergarten Handwriting Lessons Build Stamina and Fluency for Writing Workshop! (Copy this handbook for family distance learning) Why Is Good Handwriting Important? So we can write better and faster So our finger muscles won’t get tired So everyone can read our writing So we can build our reading and writing brain “These lessons […]

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Distance Learning and Classroom Strategies

August 11, 2020

It’s early October and kindergarten children are learning the joys of writing for real world purposes. Writing and reading fluency with a growing collection of high-frequency “heart word” sentences is our next important learning target.

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How to Have the Best Kindergarten Back-to-School Night Ever: Family Scavenger Hunt Step-by-Step

July 29, 2020

This back-to-school (BTS) blog went out last August and shows happy families gathered in the classroom for a Scavenger Hunt. Now, distance learning is suddenly the norm for most teachers. Though your BTS night most likely won’t look this, I’d like to point out the BEST components that you can use for this fall’s class: […]

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Weekly Focus: Ten Tips for Teaching Handwriting Grip

July 13, 2020

Two of the foundation skills for kindergarten teachers to introduce during the first busy weeks of school are good handwriting grip and efficient name writing. 1. Determine a child’s handedness. Ask parents. Watch the child with manipulative toys. Notice which hand the child uses to pick up crayons or small pencils. Help parents understand that […]

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10 Reasons to Teach Fingerspelling in Kindergarten

June 23, 2020

Fingerspelling helps the brain remember letters and sounds: It becomes the memory hook to ABC/Phonics mastery. Fingerspelling will enhance the effectiveness of any ABC/Phonics program.

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