- The Barchowsky
Fluent Handwriting (BFH)
designed by Nan Jay Barchowsky, teaches the use of
curved letters that are designed to eventually be connected.
Her book, BGH: A Manual for fluent
letter and word formation and the accompanying CD-ROM
provides practice worksheets and suggestions on how to
integrate them into the curriculum.
- Big Strokes for Little Folks by Bonnie
designed to develop letter and number formation by grouping symbols
according to similar characteristics.
children 5-9 years of age for handwriting.
is a system that uses handwriting exercise patterns.
is that music relaxes the child. By adding rhythm to the
writing becomes fun and fluid and the child learns through
well as visual means.
- The D'Nelian
Method of handwriting
involves learning to form letters
that are curvy and almost look like a cross between cursive and
traditional manuscript letters. The theory is that if children first
this method, it will be an easier transition to write in cursive. On
other hand, this method may be more difficult to teach than the "ball"
and "stick" method.
Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting program was
designed by an occupational
therapist to teach print and
cursive. The program includes workbooks, manual assessment
and teaching guides. Go to the website to print out words
to trace and letters with dots
where to begin formations.
it Write is a
program designed by occupational therapist,
Anne Karson who
originally motivated to
design a program
that would help her son with
his handwriting difficulties. By
using worksheets, doing
various games and projects, kids
strive to improve their handwriting
speed. The program is
designed for kids with learning disabilities as
well as those
who need writing practice to develop
- The Handwriting
Kids program created by
Marnell provides a story to
introducing letters in groups and a star visual
cue to begin
formation. Books and products are geared
for children in
through third grade.
- The Handwriting
Made Easy As Green Light, Red Light manual by
occupational therapist Margaret E. Kaufman,
provides easy to
letter practice pages with color coding to guide the child
to form letters
with correct directionality. The child
traces over letters made
up of tiny
arrow beginning on a green dot and ending on a red dot.
- The Handwriting Without Tears Program
developed by occupational
therapist, Jan Olsen. The HWT series consists of workbooks,
teaching guides for
and cursive and numerous
multi-sensory teaching products
such as wooden
sing along CDs, roll-a-dough letters and slates. Many
districts have adopted this program.
- The Italic
Handwriting Series is a style of writing designed by
Getty and Inga Dubay. It involves forming slightly
which are attractive, fast and legible.
Their book: Write
Now: The Complete Program for
Handwriting, teaches highly legible and rapid italic
and is geared
toward helping medical professionals improve
skills. Both authors
have backgrounds teaching calligraphy.
Now: The Complete Program for Better Handwriting
Other Groups A Kinesthetic
is a program
designed by occupational therapist Mary Benbow to teach
to visualize and experience the movement of
Children learn letters in groups which
and Other Groups
Pete's™ Learn to Print Program,
Cursive Writing Program,
and Handwriting Worksheets are
use in school
classrooms, for home schoolers, preschoolers and extra
handwriting practice at home. They are also a
for helping children with
needs master handwriting
skills. The program uses animation to reinforce letter formation.
- Size Matters Handwriting
-program includes an instruction manual,
handwriting practice books, reward stickers, posters,
monitoring forms, website scoring videos.
This program shifts the focus to
letter size versus formation. The theory is that students can learn
since they are correcting errors in only 3 letter sizes (versus 62
letter and number
- Zaner-Bloser is a style of
manuscript, cursive, and number formation
that is sometimes referred to
as the "Ball and Stick" method
since many of the manuscript
letters are formed from these
two basic shapes.
Diane Walton, Dysgraphia: Why
Johnny Can't Write,
Publishers, Austin, Texas, 1987.
slim, but informative book explains what dysgraphia is,
possible causes, early warning signs of a learning disability,
how to get help, modifications and program
Why Johnny Can't Write
Reversals, McGraw Hill
Publishing, Michigan, 2001.
activities are designed to help children learn
left and right, recognize commonly reversed letters such
and d and
remember correct formations
devices. Practice involves circling the correct letters
the incorrect reversed letters.
- Groves, Penny Correcting
Word Reversals, McGraw Hill
Children's Publishing, Michigan,
author again provides activities to reinforce left and
concepts, drawing and writing in the left to right direction,
and lots more to reinforce correct directionality.
Lorette, Learn to Print,
age 4 and up, this book includes reusable write-on,
wipe-off plastic pages and pencil to follow step-by-step
following arrows. Lessons include letter games, writing
matching games, connect-the-dots and fill-in-the-blanks.
- Kushnir, Gail, Let's
It-Write! Writing Readiness, Achai Publishers,
book written to help
preschoolers develop writing readiness
eye-hand coordination, pencil grasp and finger coordination,
shapes and spatial organization.
- Kushnir, Gail, Let's
-Write! Copying From the Board,
The fun exercises and
this book are designed to
help children develop better eye-hand
memory and the ability to correct
when they copy
from the board.
- Simpson, Eileen, Reversals:
A Personal Account of Victory
Simpson describes her
experiences growing up
unable to learn to read and frustrating
she had a cognitive disability.
A Personal Account of Victory over Dyslexia