Producing legible handwriting involves many skills, including fine motor, visual motor, sensory, language. Difficulties in any of these areas may result in writing, whether manuscript or cursive, that is not automatic and flowing. Often children learn bad habits, including pencil grasp and letter formation, at a very young age (preschool), and then carry those habits into their school years. These habits are very difficult to break, so it is best to have the skills learned correctly and consistently, at an age that is developmentally appropriate. Correct grasp and letter formation can be achieved through many fun activities, and without ever picking up a pencil (see Fine/Visual Motor).
This page has links to various handwriting sites, including programs, resources, and other information. Also click on the sub-link in the menu at the left for ideas for teaching left handed writers.
NEW - Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten
NEW - Sensory Processing and Handwriting
NEW - Teacher's Ultimate Guide to Letter and Number Reversals
Handwriting Practice - Write a Letter to Your Favorite Disney Character
Rainbow Writing - How it helps emerging writers
Zaner Blosser Fonts Online
Free Printable Handwriting Paper
Therapy Street for Kids
Handwriting Club: Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Improve Handwriting
BFH Handwriting-The Blog
Handwriting Without Tears Handwriting Screener - The Screener of Handwriting Proficiency is a free, easy to administer, whole-class assessment that lets you identify classes and students who are struggling with handwriting.
Matman - you must create a free account to access this
Handwriting Info for Parents and Teachers
Zwolle Elementary School - tons of writing startes, handwriting activities, different paper, etc.
Handwriting and Dysgraphia
Handwriting Without Tears
Visual Learners Alphabet
Handwriting For Kids
Tips on Handwriting
Fun Handwriting Games
Why is Handwriting So Challenging?
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