Handwriting: The Way to Teach It / Edition 2

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This essential illustrated classroom guide to the teaching of handwriting covers all aspects of the subject—from initial letter forms to joined writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761943112
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Series: One-Off Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Sassoon is an independent consultant and lecturer, based in Sevenoaks, Kent. She is the author of Handwriting: The Way to Teach it, Paul Chapman Publishing, 2003.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Planning handwriting across the whole school
1 The priority for handwriting in the curriculum 1
2 The relationship between the skill of handwriting and other subjects 2
3 When to introduce handwriting in the reception class 3
4 The choice of a handwriting model 4
5 Balancing movement and neatness 12
6 How much emphasis on joining 13
7 Display writing - both by teachers and pupils 15
8 Liaison with pre-school groups, parents and other schools 16
9 A policy for left-handers 18
10 A policy for special needs 20
11 A policy for newcomers from other schools 21
12 Terminology 23
13 Assessment and record keeping 26
Pt. 2 Classroom management
14 Layout of the classroom 27
15 Balancing whole class instruction with one-to-one attention 28
16 Posture 29
17 Appropriate furniture 30
18 Paper position and its effect on posture 32
19 Penhold 34
20 Materials: pencils and pens, paper size and lines 37
21 Making children aware of the importance of all these ideas 40
Pt. 3 A system for teaching letters
22 The vital early stages 43
23 The concepts behind our writing system 46
24 Different approaches to teaching 50
25 Explaining the act of writing in a logical sequence 51
26 Introducing letters in stroke-related families 53
27 Teaching the first letter family 54
28 Teaching the second letter family 56
29 Teaching the round letters 58
30 Complex letters and emerging problems 59
31 Name writing 60
32 Designing exercises 62
33 Starting to use letters 65
34 Lines 67
35 Drawing with writing 68
36 Remedial work often begins on day one 70
37 Joining as soon as possible 76
38 Personal letters lead to efficiency and speed 80
39 What handwriting problems may indicate 85
40 Layouts for practice cards 89
41 Recommendations from research into children's handwriting 91
42 Some personal comments 93
Pt. 4 A new way of looking at handwriting problems
43 Handwriting as a diagnostic tool 94
44 Problems that show through handwriting 96
45 Specific problems for left-handers 98
46 Problems with directionality 102
47 Perceptual problems 105
48 Observing, assessing and dealing with tremors 108
49 Fatigue 111
50 Gaps in learning 113
51 Posture as an indicator, as well as a cause of problems 114
52 An attitude of understanding 116
Index 117
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