CREATING HAPPY HANDS
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Lynlines is my educational blog! It has topics from parent's grief, handwriting hints for parents and teachers, sensory thoughts, and much more!
Decks of alphabet playing cards: a great way to learn print or cursive letters!
As an occupational therapist specializing in children’s developmental and learning differences, I know early intervention can have a positive impact. I love to partner with parents and teachers, offering evaluations, one on one consultations, and seminars.
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As summer quickly approaches, there seems to be great enthusiasm for “really working on handwriting” to improve it before the fall semester comes! Let’s share thoughts: 1. If you are working on a child’s handwriting, please make sure you use the SAME program that the school is using. To use one program during the summer that does not match up with the school program is to cause great confusion when the child gets ready to write a letter. For example, think about the “ball and stick” method compared with the curvy tails of De Nealian. Very different! Please help eliminate confusion by being consistent with Instructions + Stroke development. 2. If you enroll your child in a handwriting camp, please ensure that the program matches […]
We looked at the “swing up” and “loop” groups on my last blog. Let’s look at the last two groups of cursive today. Please remember if cursive is taught according to stroke groups and not by alphabet sequence, there are only 4 major groups. I am careful to teach exactly how the letters are made as I add the “picture instructions”. Also please remember, that accurate teaching is critical no matter if teaching print, cursive, or italic. Once the motor memory is established for a letter (whether right or wrong), its almost impossible to change. (please forgive me as I can’t turn print into cursive font:( Visualize!!!) Clock climbers (Benbow): a,c,d,g,o,q My clients are those who have not adapted well to traditional language instructions for […]
Thank you for the comments that were left on my previous blog! I need to clarify that there are many different ways to form cursive letters depending on the curriculum. I have used Mary Benbow’s Loops and Groups as my primary teaching method though I have changed the wording to reflect the need of my special learners. Thank you to those of you who wrote about italic handwriting with such passion! Please keep your comments coming! Letter Groups: “Swing up”: i, j, t, u, w, r, s, p and sometimes y. My clients do not usually have difficulty with this group with the exception of w when used within words. Since I have children who are having trouble being taught traditional ways, I have my […]
Cursive can be a “God send” to children who are having difficulty with forming printed letters. Here’s some advantages: If taught according to letter strokes and not according to alphabet sequence, there are only four major groups of letters as shown in the photo. All letters start on the bottom line unlike printed letters which can start at the top (d,b,f,h,k,l) or in the middle (rest of the letters) Letters are very hard to reverse or invert ( turn upside down) Here are some disadvantages: Unpopular Some students “think” in print and are slowed way down with their writing when they have to translate to cursive. These students often have lovely cursive letters in workbooks but have difficulty with translating to cursive when a creative […]