HANDWRITING PROGRAM SUPPORTS
Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 06-05-2017
Here are some materials and notes that you may find helpful in teaching handwriting to your students — especially if you're using any of the free handwriting pages we've posted.
A CLASSROOM POSTER
This poster prints onto letter-sized paper (or cardstock) that can be easily trimmed with a paper cutter. It looks just great on a classroom wall!
Kids who struggle with specific letters (or combinations of letters) may benefit from practicing bigger versions of those shapes. We put these pages into plastic page-protectors and use them during 1:1 conferences — guiding the student to learn the correct patterns by tracing the models with one (or two) fingers.
These pages print on standard, letter-size paper:
We've also created pages for every lowercase letter that print onto 11" x 17" paper. They're easily laminated and work great for use with large or small groups of students:
MORE FREE PRINTABLES
- Handwriting Alphabet Poster — This poster shows the alphabet in upper and lowercase handwriting. It's formatted for letter-sized paper but can easily be enlarged, if desired.
- Handwriting Program Progress Chart — We glue this page onto the inside front cover of each student's handwriting booklet and use a date-stamp to record their progress over time. This version includes the very latest changes to the teaching sequence of the Capitals and Sentences Units.
- A Page To Help Kids Develop The Right
Slant— This is a scaffold for our black and white handwriting practice pages. For kids who have difficulty slanting their letters (which makes writing easier in the long run), we print this page on a color inkjet printer FIRST and then print whichever page we need on top of it.
- Our Orton Gillingham-inspired Drill Cards can be used to provide multi-sensory practice of key reading and spelling patterns.
In case you're curious, all of our handwriting materials were created with fonts developed and sold by Educational Fontware, Inc., a small business based in Wisconsin. In fact, they produced a THRIVE font that you can even purchase from them if you'd like to make up your own assignments or worksheets with it.