This essential illustrated classroom guide to the teaching of handwriting covers all aspects of the subject--from initial letter forms to joined writing.

Issues in Letterforms

Issues in letterforms


The movement of writing refers to the way letters are formed, their point of entry and direction of stroke. This is sometimes called the ductus of letters, from the Latin ‘to lead’. It is also referred to as the trajectory. These terms emphasise the dynamic aspect of letters rather than just their static shape.

The correct movement of letters enables handwriting to remain reasonably legible even when written at speed or carelessly. It also enables the hand that writes to move smoothly and efficiently across the page.

Ideally, children should be taught the correct movement of letters when they first learn to write. Unfortunately this vital part of skill training is often ignored in the rush to literacy and in the interest of ...

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