Well the festive holidays are over and many of us are back at work and school. So it is time to get back into good habits for the New Year!
So, before you try to encourage your little darlings to sit and write, get them to do a few physical handwriting ‘Warm Up Exercises’. Not only do they help to prepare the hands and fingers for the task ahead, they also help to release any tension that has built up. They are fun to do, which usually brings a smile and often laughter, an added tonic to any learning experience.
The warm up exercises can be accessed through a number of ways:
- Teachers through the content section for the Key Stage you are teaching by clicking on the Handwriting warm up activities button.
- Parents through the getting the most from our website section by clicking on the picture under the Taking the tension out of handwriting title.
- Resources in the How to Teach Handwriting section by clicking on the Handwriting warm up activities button.
- Follow this link: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/handwriting-warm-up-exercises.html
There is no standardized font style or teaching route stipulated in the National Curriculums for schools in the UK, only that it needs to be a consistent approach throughout the school. So it is really important that you know which font and teaching route your child’s school is using.
There are a 4 teaching routes a school can choose from when teaching lower-case letters:
- Print, then Cursive; finally introduce Continuous Cursive to join the cursive letters.
- Print, then Continuous Cursive.
- Cursive and then Continuous Cursive for join the cursive letters.
- Continuous Cursive.
All the above are good teaching routes, the only difference is how many font styles a child has to learn and how long it takes before they learn how to join their letters.
The Difference between Print, Cursive and Continuous Cursive Handwriting Fonts
- The letters have different start points.
- There are a number of different letter finish points.
Cursive or Continuous Cursive?
Be aware, some schools will say they are teaching Cursive when in fact they are teaching Continuous Cursive.
They are in fact 2 different handwriting fonts.
- The letters start at different points (the same as print).
- The finishing points for all the letters is the writing line; except for, o, r, v and w, which have a top exit stroke.
- The single letter formations are taught with just the exit strokes.
The starting point for all the letters is the same; on the writing line.
- The finishing points for all the letters is also at the writing line; except for, o, r, v and w, which have a top exit stroke.
- The single letter formations are taught with the entry and exit strokes, this makes the transition from single letter formation to joined handwriting very straightforward and allows it to occur sooner.
Check out our Letter Formation section of the website for more information, free animations and worksheets: http://bit.ly/1dqBYFm