As I’m sure many of you know, I absolutely LOVE fun fonts. So much so that I decided to make my own last year to share with the teaching community. But, before I became a digital font designer, I used to LOVE to doodle and play around with handwriting ALL. THE. TIME. In fact, handwriting was one of my favorite subjects in elementary school. The day we started learning cursive might as well have been a holiday in second grade.
Sadly, handwriting is rarely considered a subject these days as penmanship simply cannot compete with content-driven instruction and digital writing pieces. Instead, students must passively pick up handwriting – often with incorrect formation, strokes, and writing utensil grip. Sigh. But there is SUCH good research for the many benefits of handwriting instruction that we shouldn’t just write it off (pun completely intended). If you need more convincing, read HERE or HERE or HERE!
So what can you do? How can you easily incorporate handwriting into your school day when every single stinkin’ second is already spent? My suggestion would be to combine it with something else you’re already teaching or incorporating into you school day. Like, for instance, sight words!
Sight words are often a focus during guided reading, literacy centers, and intervention. This can give the teacher an opportunity to explicitly teach the word, along with proper letter formation and pencil grip.
By teaching sight words and handwriting simultaneously, you’re really getting the most bang for your educational buck! The resource pictured in this post not only includes a set of Dolch sight words for each list, but also includes a handwriting sheet and twenty task cards to use for additional practice within a small group or literacy center.
You can easily incorporate handwriting and sight word practice into the curriculum and schedule you currently use. They also make excellent resources for review, intervention, morning work, or even additional practice for home. The possibilities are endless!
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The BUNDLE is a great deal, especially for use when differentiating instruction!
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