Handwriting: The Way to Teach It / Edition 2

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This book is an essential classroom guide to the teaching of handwriting. It covers all aspects of the subject, from whole school planning; to classroom management, and the teaching of letters in a highly illustrated and practical sequence, from initial letter forms through to joined writing. The author presents many examples and imaginative ideas to make learning to write more effective and interesting for children and for teachers. This new edition includes a section on Special Needs. It deals with complex handwriting problems and how to understand and deal with them. The author offers strategies for better teaching, and her aim throughout the book is to encourage flexibility and clear thinking about essential issues, rather than to impose solutions.

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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
  • Sales rank: 1,396,519
  • 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

The Priority for Handwriting in the Curriculum
The Relationship between the Skill of Handwriting and Other Subjects
When to Introduce Handwriting in the Reception Class
The Choice of Handwriting Model
Balancing Movement and Neatness
How Much Emphasis on Joining
Display Writing - Both by Teachers and Pupils
Liaison with Pre-School Groups, Parents and Other Schools
A Policy for Left-Handers
A Policy for Special Needs
A Policy for Newcomers from Other Schools
Assessment and Record Keeping
Layout of the Classroom
Balancing Whole-Class Instruction with One-to-One Attention
Appropriate Furniture
Paper Position and Its Effect on Posture
Pencils and Pens, Paper Size and Lines
Making Children Aware of the Importance of All These Ideas
The Vital Early Years
The Concepts Behind Our Writing System
Different Approaches to Teaching
Explaining the Act of Writing in a Logical Sequence
Introducing Letters in Stroke-Related Families
Teaching the First Letter Family
Teaching the Second Letter Family
Teaching the Round Letters
Complex Letters and Emerging Problems
Name Writing
Designing Exercises
Starting to Use Letters
Drawing with Writing
Remedial Work Often Begins on Day One
Joining as Soon as Possible
Personal Letters Lead to Efficiency and Speed
What Handwriting Problems May Indicate
Layouts for Practice Cards
Recommendations from Research into Children's Handwriting
Some Personal Comments
Handwriting as a Diagnostic Tool
Problems That Show through Handwriting
Specific Problems for Left-Handers
Problems with Directionality
Perceptual Problems
Observing, Assessing and Dealing with Tremors
Gaps in Learning
Posture as an Indicator, as Well as a Cause of Problems
An Attitude of Understanding
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