Sunday, April 7, 2013

TPT: Handwriting Help - Print, D'Nealian, and Cursive

Handwriting... it can be put on the back burner as teachers focus on reading, writing, math, science, history, and everything else that we're required to teach.  I've often heard comments like, "We write so much--he'll get better with practice," and "She's young--it'll get better when she's older."

As a former high school English teacher and current reading specialist, I can tell you poor handwriting doesn't "just get better" and many kids don't "just grow out of it."

While practice does help, if a student keeps practicing incorrect letter formation then no progress will be made. 

To help combat and reverse poor handwriting habits, I use this Handwriting RTI packet.

There are three versions to meet your students' needs:
  1. Handwriting RTI - Print
  2. Handwriting RTI - D'Nealian
  3. Handwriting RTI - Cursive
I use the Print version more than the others (cursive is not heavily required at my school), and I see improvement quickly.  Plus, students love seeing their improvement from their Pre-Test to their Post-Test!

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  1. Hi Margaret!
    We talk about handwriting a lot in our school. At grade 4, we are required to still teach cursive, yet we do not teach typing. We are told students will be producing more work on electronic portfolios, yet we don't teach them how to write on computers. Either way, I wish there was more time for both--I want my kids to have nice handwriting (readable, expressive, clear) and to have word processing/typing skills. More time in the day is my wish! Great post!!! The Learning Lab

  2. Thank you so much for this useful post.


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