Research recommends spending 70-100 minutes per week, or 15-20 mins per day, teaching handwriting. Teaching handwriting includes letter formation, pencil grip, starting position and sequence.
Handwriting is built into the Little Learners Love Literacy® lessons and resources from day 1 with:
- Explicit teaching and modeling
- Air-writing and finger tracing
- Practising on mini whiteboards
- Rainbow writing activity
- Sound and write activity.
Good handwriting will relieve some cognitive load when children develop their writing composition skills later in school. It is also a great activity for helping children to remember the sound associated with the letter they are learning – ask them to say the sound as they write.
Whatever handwriting style you teach and use, be consistent and explicit in your teaching. Victorian cursive is not mandated and does not have to be taught in schools. We use the Sassoon font family in many of our resources, developed by Rosemary Sassoon – this font was the most researched font at the time Little Learners Love Literacy® was created – and we still love it. We do provide Stages 1-4 worksheets in some alternative fonts (you can find them on the Teacher Activity Resource USB).