Handwriting is a learnt, physical skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This manual shows how to get handwriting right from the outset and to progress successfully. Poor handwriting is a major cause of low self-esteem, and can disguise ability. Only thorough assessment can pinpoint the weakness once something has gone wrong. Methods of assessment for pupils in difficulty and techniques to help them are given. The materials are tried and tested and have been used successfully in both mainstream and SEN settings and with pupils with dyslexia.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Tools of the Trade -- Assessment and Records -- Shape Copying (Al) -- Draw a Person - Draw a Clock (A2) -- Letter Matching - Lower and Upper Case Letters (A3 and A4) -- Identification of the Sound and Name of Lower Case Letters, Numerals and Upper Case Letters (A5) -- Lower Case Letter and Numeral Formation (copying) and Upper Case Letter Formation (copying) (A6 and A7) -- Lower and Upper Case Letter and Numeral Formation (dictation) (AS) -- Letter and Numeral Knowledge and Formation: Individual Checklist (Rl) -- Class Record: Letter Knowledge, Sound and Name (R2-R5) -- Legibility and Speed (A9-All) -- Assessment of Written Language Ability: Timed Tests -- Early Teaching Strategies -- Pre-writing Activities -- TheFourPs -- Suggested Order for Teaching Letters and Numerals -- Learning About Letters -- Learning to Write Lower and Upper Case Letters and Numerals -- Writing Letters Speedily and Automatically (A12 and A13) -- Punctuation -- Joins -- Corrections -- Teaching Strategies for Pupils with Poor Handwriting -- Teaching Strategies for the Poor Handwriter (R6) -- Self Evaluation Checklist (R7) -- Teaching Strategies using the 'Rules' -- Identifying Underlying Causes of Poor Handwriting -- Glossary -- Resources -- Useful Addresses -- Bibliography.