Handwriting JBE™

At Learning Just Became Easy, we recognise that handwriting relies on the physical ability of the child, as well as their understanding and knowledge of letters and words.

To us, handwriting is the ability to control the pencil in a co-ordinated fashion, whilst thinking about something else.

Teaching handwriting can be tricky.  Typically children are now spending more time on electronic devices than colouring or drawing with pencils.  Some people even question the need for handwriting when we’re living in an environment dominated by laptops and tablets.

At Learning Just Became Easy we have developed 2 solutions for handwriting:

  1.  A comprehensive classroom based handwriting programme for emerging writers.
  2.  Individual handwriting tuition to support and up skill the struggling writers.

With our individual handwriting tuition we can specifically teach the handwriting skills required to enable neat, efficient handwriting.  We work to improve writing stamina too, so that the writer doesn’t tire as the workload increases.   There’s not a lot of point knowing all of the answers if the examiner cannot read the writing!

‘Writing is like a roller coaster’
Handwriting is a movement based activity.  It’s a physical skill that also relies on strong literacy skills for spelling and composition.   With Handwriting JBE we’re making roller coasters, not riding them!  Children learn the movement, rhythm and flow of writing letters.  The tallness of the letter ‘l’, the loop of an ‘e’, and they enjoy making their very own roller coasters!

We currently offer private handwriting tuition in Redbourn Village Hall, and in Hertford. We can also work directly with Primary Schools within our local area.

If you would like more information on our Handwriting Solutions, please get in touch via our Contact Us page.

 

During the Handwriting JBE programme, children are not required to carry out writing activities that are beyond their physical ability. Rather than struggle with the physical task, the child’s physical ability and stamina improves as they work through the programme.

Depending on the age, ability and knowledge of the child, time is initially spent developing and improving pre-writing skills:

  • control the pencil to achieve a variety of fine motor movements with accuracy and ease.  These activities teach the building blocks of letters.
  • carry out controlled physical activities to easily use a pen/pencil with verbal activities to promote multitasking abilities. (songs/counting/alphabet/spelling)
  • learn to accurately and freely form letters :- correct formation without tracing. Letter formation is learnt in order of complexity of physical movements required to form the letter, rather than alphabetical order. Similarities between letters are highlighted, and knowledge of how being able to form one letter lets us write another, is encouraged.

As these skills are being learnt they will be extended into developing cursive (joined up) writing skills. Children will practice:

  • creating cursive and non-cursive short letter sequences – with ease and accuracy, and appropriate letter joins.
  • free writing (and spelling) high frequency words, word endings and other words that they can read. Words can only include letters that can be written freely, with ease and accuracy in short sequences (cursive and/or non-cursive).

These skills will be extended into handwriting with an easy, fluent style.   Children will learn to:

  • write in an easy, steady paced, cursive script; greater emphasis is placed on accurate letter formation, scale and line placement, in their own style.  Handwriting is not calligraphy, and we believe that handwriting style reflects a child’s ability to write freely, with their focus on the content of the writing rather than the process of moving the pen/pencil to produce the writing.
  • adjust their writing speed with different writing tools (pen v. pencil).
  • copy material from a ‘distant’ source (ie the whiteboard), without negatively impacting their writing.
  • write fast enough without negatively impacting their writing.

If you would like more information on our Handwriting Solutions, please get in touch via our Contact Us page.

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