Homeschool parents seem to have about three key responses to teaching handwriting:
- Most written communication will happen by computer, so it is more important to teach keyboarding. (from a homeschool mom who also runs a mail order company, and asserts that she can’t read most customers’ writing and would rather have the orders typed.)
- Each child has a unique style that should be encouraged as part of his self-expression.
- Good handwriting is still important and needs to be taught well and encouraged.
Often, it is a difficult subject to teach because it consists of a lot of repetition and drill doing the basic letter forms. That difficulty may lead to family tension and tears in those students whose work does not match the perfect examples.
Enter Handwriting Without Tears, a manuscript and cursive program that has been designed by occupational therapists who start with proper posture and proper hand and arm training to decrease the muscle strain. Pencil movements are much more fluid, resulting in quality work that is much more successful for the student’s efforts.
Since the method relies heavily on muscle training and arm movement, it is also popular with students who have physical or mental challenges.
Handwriting Without Tears (Pre-Print to Print)
Down Syndrome Network is sponsoring Handwriting Without Tears covering pre-print to print. The objective of the event is to:
Gain a better understanding of a developmental approach to teaching handwriting.
Date: Nov. 12th from 4:00-9:30 PM.
Location: Treasures for Teachers
2127 S. Priest Drive, Suite 406
Tempe, AZ 85282
Cost: $65. and includes a light dinner and $30 worth of materials to use with your child.
You can see the list of speakers and workshops here.
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