Room 15 uses the Handwriting Heroes method to learn how to form letters and numbers.
Handwriting Heroes is a systematic, story-based approach to handwriting instruction. It teaches lowercase letter formation through animation, music and stories that explain why the letters are formed the way they are. The playful characters and their humorous antics help children recall the steps for forming letters. It is a highly effective, multisensory program that helps students develop a strong foundation for writing legibly and fluently.
Mrs. Griffin prepares each student's handwriting book each day. Using a yellow highlighter, Mrs. Griffin writes three lines of the letter they are focusing on for that day, the students full name, and the numbers 1 to10.
Lucy said, I like handwriting because it's easy to do.
Handwriting is a Must-do activity. This means students must complete this task before they can go onto any other activity. Students collect their book, glue in the letter sheet, and then start their handwriting. The letter sheet reminds them of the sound that letter makes, and how it is formed.
Mikayla said, Sometimes it's hard because I forget to hold my pencil properly. Mrs. Griffin helps me and shows me how to hold my pencil.
Achieving legible, smooth, and fluent handwriting requires students to first have a stable sitting posture, correct paper position and good pencil grip (see Mrs. Griffin’s blog: ‘Getting Ready to Write – Part Two’).
Handwriting is completed in a quiet room, so students can concentrate and focus on their sitting posture, book position, pencil grip, and pencil control. Room 15 use a Voice O-Meter chart to help them use 'Spy Talk' (whispering) to maintain a quiet environment.
1. Students first start by writing over the top of the yellow highlighter letters, words, and numbers.
2. As their pencil control improves and their pencil grip strengthens, the highlighter letters are lessened, and students are required to form the letters on their own.
3. Lastly the yellow highlighter is almost removed, leaving just a single letter, a number, and a mark for their name.
Mrs. Griffin supports students to move through these steps at their own speed.
Paige said, I like drawing a picture after I finish my handwriting.
Eilidh said, I'm getting better writing my name and my numbers.
English - Speaking, Writing, Presenting: Language features
Use language features, showing some recognition of their effects.
Students will write most letters and number forms legibly when creating texts.
Handwriting, letter formation, Handwriting Heroes