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This accessible and practical guide to teaching young children to read focuses on: the process of learning to read and its implications for teaching; issues about learning to read which all teachers need to understand; and a programme of teaching children to read. The author deals with the learning that is necessary, and the teaching which enables it to be achieved. Now fully updated to include the most recent thinking on phonics, handwriting and literacy practices in the early years classroom, the book proposes a theoretical teaching model which will help teachers to make optimum use of the Literacy Hour.

Handwriting: Starting Points and Sequences
Handwriting: Starting points and sequences

There are two generally accepted approaches to the early stages of handwriting. One deals first with letters more or less as they are printed in books:

Later, when transfer to joined-up writing is imminent, children are shown how to adapt the formation of letters in order to achieve a cursive style, with or without loops on ascenders and descenders:


This approach is slightly less confusing to the absolute beginner, because there is a close conformity between the print that learners see and the shapes they are expected to make when learning to form the letters of the alphabet. It does, however, require a more determined effort when transferring to a cursive style.

In the other approach, children from the ...

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