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Left Hand Writing Skills|
(By Mark & Heather Stewart)
The Left Hand Writing Skills series provides a specially designed learning programme to help the budding left-handed writer.
Handwriting remains a vitally important skill – despite the ubiquitous keyboard. Acquiring it takes perseverance and practice, whether the writer is left-handed or right-handed. For the left-handed, though, development of the skill of handwriting – in the \\\'right-handed\\\' world where text runs from left to right – needs just a little more help.
Unfortunately, not many schools have made special provision for left-handed children, especially when it comes to handwriting. This can result in frustration, not just in handwriting development but – later – where handwriting is required for essays and other written work. Despite any initial difficulties, with good regular practice and patient guidance from adults, left-handers can write just as well as – and often better than – their right-handed friends. Five to ten minutes of regular daily practice is needed – and this is far more effective than occasional lengthy sessions.
The problem has been that no really user-friendly materials, dedicated to the task of establishing good writing habits, were available for left-handers. The Left Hand Writing Skills series now meets that need. The series is available in two formats, each consisting of a total of over 80 enjoyable, highly-illustrated worksheets.
For use at home, where parents can work with their child, there are three separate books:
Book 1 fabulous fine motor practice
Book 2 funky formation and flow
Book 3 successful smudge-free writing
Schools Edition (photocopiable)
The objectives of Book 1 of this series are to establish good basic habits of paper positioning and pencil hold, and to develop the fine motor skills needed for accurate, consistent writing at a later stage. The book takes the young writer from basic pencil handling and co-ordination exercises through to formation of letters and simple short words. The worksheets contain an entertaining mix of games and puzzles, which parent and child will enjoy doing together.
The second book of this series of three titles begins with some revision of the essential letter formation exercises that were carried out in Book 1. Left-handers who have already developed their fine motor skills, but not yet the necessary good habits of pen or pencil hold and paper positioning, might prefer to start their practice with this book.
After the initial worksheets on letter formation, the remaining worksheets in this title focus on the flow of letters into word formation. Through extensive practice with patterns, different forms of letter-joining and in full word formation, the left hand writer should have begun to establish the fundamental good habits of hold, position and control which handwriting requires.
The third book of the Left Hand Writing Skills series aims to consolidate the process of developing good writing habits. In this book, the writer applies all that has been learned in Books 1 and 2 to writing with a pen.
Ink is the real test of success for the left-handed writer! First, to create words which are accurately formed and legible, and then to avoid spoiling them by smudging as the left hand follows the pen across the page. Successful smudge-free writing can overcome the frustration of so many left-handers. Note-taking, essay-writing, homework production and all the other normal handwriting uses, can become satisfying events – no longer a source of disappointment.
The worksheets in Book 3 provide a further wide variety of activities, all linked to handwriting in one way or another. From early Egyptian tablets, to Leonard da Vinci\\\'s curious mirror-writing, to invitations, shopping lists and menu cards. Fascinating illustrations and full colour presentation once again keep the interest of the left-handed student while the correct left hand habits are finally absorbed.
The Schools Edition of the Left Hand Writing Skills series combines all three titles described on the earlier pages.
Altogether, the book contains 83 worksheets to help students through the phases of fine motor skill development, formation and flow of letters and words, and on to successful smudge-free writing using ink.
The book contains all the exercises in Books 1 to 3, but the worksheets have been produced in mono for photocopying. The worksheets may be photocopied for use in one establishment only, and distributed as one worksheet per student at any one time. (The permission to photocopy does not permit copying of the whole or sections of the book for third party use.)
|Left Hand Writing Skills Book 1
|Left Hand Writing Skills Book 2
|Left Hand Writing Skills Book 3
|Left Hand Writing Skills (copiable)
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