As part of my academic curriculum, handwriting is taught. Handwriting is essential for many reasons and one main reason is to learn to write your full name. We have been practicing handwriting by writing our names, letters in the alphabet and numbers. The students enjoy writing on the individual sized chalkboards and using the eraser. They also like practicing on the drawing board. They are motivated to learn because they like the change from writing with a pencil. During handwriting class, they can write with a chalk, crayon, etc.
After completing a couple of weeks of this “play” handwriting, I now have a good idea of which levels the students are on. Some students are still tracing and may need the dots to follow, other students need practice writing their first name in lower case (first letter capital and the rest are lower case) instead of all upper case and a few students are learning to use the correct “grasp” when holding a pencil, crayon or chalk.