THE FABULOUS FIVE
Letters are sorted into five groups based on their first stroke. It is important to teach all the letters in the group together, in order to emphasize their common stroke. Categorizing the letters by their first stroke provides a structure and an easy way of remembering the letters. It also reinforces motor learning .
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, as they are making the letter, helps them to recall the strokes.
Animations, action words, songs, and movement is used to engage all the child’s senses. The stories also incorporate the sounds that the letters make. For the letter “r”, the bouncer drops onto the rabbit’s head, who says “rrr” – because he is angry that he got bopped on the head!
FONTS AND LINES
The Handwriting Heroes font uses a continuous stroke that minimizes the need to lift the pencil and reduces reversals. The writing lines provide a logical guide for correct letter placement. Notice how the skyline, clouds and grass transition into the top, dotted-middle and baseline.
Handwriting Heroes provides guided practice in multiple formats. After practicing a letter in the app, students can complete the corresponding worksheet. Laminating or placing the worksheet in a dry-erase pocket allows for endless, carefree practice.
LOWERCASE LEADS THE WAY
Handwriting Heroes focuses exclusively on lower case. Why is this important?
When capital letters are taught first, students tend to mix the upper and lower case letters. This is often hard to reverse.
Since capital letters are used just 5% of the time when writing, they should only be taught once students are proficient with lower case. 14 upper case letters are very similar to their lower case counterparts, so they are quickly learned.
THE PERFECT CHALLENGE
Users of all ability can enjoy the app by adjusting the number of practice opportunities and level of difficulty:
- Easy: if you lift your finger, the marker stays in the same place.
- Medium: if you lift your finger, the marker returns to the start of the stroke.
- Hard: if you lift your finger, you have to start at the beginning of the letter.
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Over the school year, there has been a remarkable difference in the students’ handwriting and letter formation. The use of visually pleasing graphics (skydivers, canon pops) along with catchy and easy to remember rhymes has helped students practice, learn and internalize proper handwriting techniques and letter formation.
- Alanna Kotler, CESJDS Reading and Writing Coordinator