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Science of Reading – Aligned Handwriting

In June 2011, Carmel Bozarth, a Title 1 First Grade Level Specialist, reached out to me via email regarding the potential purchase of Handwriting Heroes for the Washington County School District. She wrote that “Handwriting Heroes goes hand in hand with the Simple View of Writing presented in our LETRS training. It meets all the criteria.” Intrigued, I …

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Guest Blog: A First Grade teacher’s take on Handwriting Heroes

Introduction:  My name is Kristen Shawley.  I am a first grade teacher in a rural school.  I had the opportunity to first implement the Handwriting Heroes program in the spring of 2022.  I saw amazing results in the short time that we had to work through this program and I am looking forward to implementing …

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10 Reasons to Teach Handwriting in the Digital Age 

There is no question that the world has entered a new age of technology, we do everything digitally now, hand written letters have become charmingly quaint rarities, and the idea of submitting a school essay or work article in cursive ink on paper seems archaic, even unprofessional.  We shouldn’t be so hasty though to relegate …

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Brain Science and Handwriting: Precise Practice Make Perfect

“That’s coming along great. You’re getting so much better, keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve really improved!” It is wonderful watching our students use their handwriting skills every day and seeing them go from carefully forming a letter to writing it with automaticity. As letter formation gets easier, and recognition and recall improve, writing as …

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Brain Science and Handwriting: The Areas of the Brain involved in Handwriting

Brain Science and Handwriting The Areas of the Brain involved in Handwriting Learning handwriting is glorious for the brain, it helps us become better readers by forging new connections and strengthening ones that already exist. That sounds great, but how does it happen? What is going on in the brain when we grasp a pencil …

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Brain Science and Handwriting: The Interaction of Writing and Reading

Learning handwriting improves reading skills! How does that happen? Well, we can thank NEUROPLASTICITY. Brains are neuroplastic which means their cell structure changes and grows as we experience new things and overcome challenges. Our brains are made of billions of cells called NEURONS. Neurons pass messages between the brain and the body to control everything …

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