Handwriting Heroes is a lightning-fast method for learning to handwrite! Letter formation is taught through animation, music, and stories. The multisensory program is easy to implement and presented in various formats including an iPad App, videos, and printable materials (such as workbooks, activity cards, and letter strips) to support all learning styles.
THE FABULOUS FIVE
The lower case letters are sorted into five groups (skydivers, bouncers, cannon pops, skiers, and surfers) based on their first stroke. All the letters in a group are taught in one lesson! This allows students to master one type of movement (i.e. the common stoke shared by all the letters) each week, before moving on the next group of letters.
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY
Children love the animated stories that explain WHY the letters are formed the way that they are. The letter “l”, for example, skydives DOWN – because that’s the direction that skydivers go! Having the students retell the story (and add their own spin on it), as they are making the letter, helps them to recall the strokes.
Action words, animations, songs, and movement engage all the child’s senses to develop a kinesthetic memory for the motor movements. Students first make the letters with their whole arm to feel the movement necessary to form the letter. The structured, sequential and multisensory lessons create strong associations among the visual letter stories, the letter names, and sounds, and the movement patterns for making the letter forms.
FONTS AND LINES
The Handwriting Heroes font uses a continuous stroke that facilitates letter writing fluency and reduces reversals by keeping pencil lifts to a minimum. Three-lined paper provides a logical structure that provides students with key information on where to start and end their letters. Child-friendly terminology describes the top line, dotted-middle, and baseline as the skyline, clouds and grass, which serves as the “back-drop” to all the letter stories.
LOWERCASE LEADS THE WAY
Lowercase letters are used in about 98% of writing and are therefore taught first, in order for students to become functional writers as early as possible. Uppercase letters are only introduced once students can write all the lowercase letters legibly and automatically, except for the first letter of their name.
Systematic instruction and guided practice, in multiple formats, enables students to learn the letter forms very efficiently. Once all the letter groups are reviewed, students continue to reference the stories and use the action words while writing words, until letter production is mastered.