Handwriting Heroes is a systematic, super-fun, story-based approach to handwriting instruction. Our playful heroes teach students how to form their letters through memorable tales, hilarious animations, and catchy tunes. The format is simple, and the pace is fast!
Implementing Best Practices
Handwriting Heroes incorporates all the instructional practices supported by the latest research and teaches handwriting in the way children learn best.
THE FABULOUS FIVE
The lowercase letters are sorted into five groups (skydivers, bouncers, cannon pops, skiers, and surfers) based on their first stroke. All the letters in a group are taught in one lesson! This allows students to master one type of movement (i.e. the common stroke shared by all the letters) each week, before moving on the next group of letters.
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY
Children love the logical stories that explain WHY the letters are formed the way that they are. The letter “l”, for example, skydives DOWN – because that’s the direction that skydivers go! Having the students retell the story (and add their own spin on it), as they are making the letter, helps them to recall the strokes.
LOWERCASE LEADS THE WAY
Lowercase letters are used in about 98% of writing and are therefore taught first, in order for students to become functional writers as early as possible. Uppercase letters are only introduced once students can write all the lowercase letters legibly and automatically, except for the first letter of their name.
FONTS AND LINES
The Handwriting Heroes font uses a continuous stroke by keeping pencil lifts to a minimum for writing fluency and reducing reversals . Three-lined paper provides a straightforward structure. The top line, dotted-middle, and baseline are described as the skyline, clouds and grass, which serves as the “back-drop” to all the letter stories.
Action words, animations, songs, and movement engage all the child’s senses. While air writing, students make large letters with their whole arm to experience the movement. The multisensory lessons create strong associations among the letter stories for long term retention.
Systematic instruction and guided practice, in multiple formats, enables students to learn the letter forms very efficiently. Once all the letter groups are reviewed, students continue to reference the stories and use the action words while writing words, until letter production is mastered.