Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Handwriting Circle Slide Board

The Handwriting Circle Slide Board is used in STEPS 3 and 4 as a beginning writing tool. For very young children, this is often their first attempt at writing in a controlled setting with lines. We first introduce the language of instruction necessary for handwriting lessons including directional phrases, start at "1", slide along, pull through, etc. Students can touch the top line, midline, baseline and learn the difference between a one story and two story letter before beginning to write. Younger students follow oral directions by moving a bingo marker or small bean as they practice the six manuscript or cursive stroke formations. Older students can trace the board with the eraser end of pencil for a quick review of writing directionality. Once the six strokes are mastered teaching the letter formation goes much smoother!

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