Are you Teaching Handwriting or Phonics?

Teaching your child at home can be a big challenge for so many reasons.

So here is a tip that might just help a little.

When confronted with a lesson from school think about what it is that they are asking your child to do.

For instance, if it is a lesson teaching something about phonics then that is all you and your child should be focused on. Yes, you may have been told that your child needs to work on their handwriting but this is not the time to do that. This is pure phonics time.

When supporting your child with their phonics work they will have to write letters and words. The important thing is for your child to have a go at writing the letters correctly, especially those they have been taught or are learning to form them.

Remember they may not have been taught how to form the letters correctly yet. So, ask them to just have a go. Now is not the time to teach them handwriting; it is the phonics skill you are supporting. This way your child will not get confused or frustrated with the sudden changes in focus. The phonics lesson will then be more appropriately focused, quicker and successful.

If your child has been asked to do a handwriting lesson then that is all that you and your child should focus on – learning to form their letters correctly or how to join them. Learning phonics skills or spelling is not the important element in the lesson. The only thing that should be commented on and discussed is the handwriting.

It is important to remember that handwriting and learning the phonics system of a language are two very different skill sets. They should be taught separately, as trying to combine the two can cause your child to become confused and frustrated.  

New Teach Handwriting Website Design

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On Friday 19th October 2018, after 4 pm (UK time), we will be changing over to our new website design.

You will still have free access (non-commercial use only) to all the information, tips, advice and free animations and worksheets that you currently have.

In the new design:

Navigation is by button click-through, instead of our drop-down menus, to make it easier for tablet and mobile phone users.

There are specific Teacher and Parent sections to make it more specific to our visitor’s needs.

More information is available directly from the pages so that you don’t have to download games instructions etc.

The new Teachers section has been split into three district Key Stages:

  • Foundation Stage (4 – 5 year olds)
  • Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 year olds)
  • Key Stage 2 (7 – 11 year olds).

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The information and free resources within them are Key Stage specific, designed to support teachers with the teaching of handwriting and to aid identifying and supporting any handwriting difficulties.

parent-page

The new Parent section has been created to help and support parents and careers who wish, or need, to support their children’s handwriting at home. The information and free resources have been organised in to age groups to help parent/careers understand whether their child’s handwriting is of the expected standard for their age and how to support them if they need extra help.