There are three distinct stages for children to progress through to develop a good handwriting style:
Stage 1 – Pre-handwriting Patterns
Pre-handwriting patterns support a child towards handwriting success. They help the them to learn the shapes and directional pushes and pulls required to form letters. All letters are a combination of these shapes and lines.
Stage 2 – Single Letter Formation
For children to develop a good handwriting style it is important to learn how to form the letters correctly.
Beginning with lower-case letters and only the capital letters for the first letter in a child’s name, examples: Peter Rabbit, Sally Green, George Blue or Mary Shell.
Learning the correct lower-case letter formation also makes the transition from single letter formation to joined letter handwriting much easier.
Stage 3 – Joined Handwriting
Learning to join letters for handwriting enables children to develop a speedy, fluid and legible handwriting style.