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

Stage 1: Observation

Stage 1: Observation

Stage 1: Observation

Postural Problems

First observe how the pupil has been writing. This is just as relevant as, and has of course influenced, what has been written.

Let the pupils sit and write a few familiar words, perhaps their name and school. While they are doing this you have a chance to spot faults in writing posture. This term ‘writing posture’ is not confined to sitting up straight; it includes how pupils hold their pens, and what their wrists, arms, necks and shoulders are doing; it is dependent on the position of the writer's paper and often on the height of the chair or desk.

See pages 26-30 of Part 2 where pen hold, paper position and other practical aspects of handwriting are explained.

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