Why does Logic of English ask students to tilt their paper when they write? Why do we encourage a slant in handwriting? The answer is, "It's natural."
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A Guest Blog from Mom and LOE user MaryEllen Beattie:
As a left-handed mom, it was bringing back bad memories of my school days as I watched my left-handed daughter write. She was struggling to hover over the whiteboard in an attempt to not smear the marker with her hand. I could feel her frustration at not being able to form her letters neatly from that position.
Supplies Needed: One gallon ziplock bags and tempra paint.
Squeeze paint into the ziplock bag. Seal tightly.
Read the phonogram sound(s) to the children for them to practice writing the phonogram on the bag.
This is also an excellent way to practice the handwriting strokes.
Picture compliments of MaryEllen Beattie Plummer
Logic of English Handwriting charts on on their way to the printer. We have both a cursive and a manuscript version. These useful references are ideal for teaching handwriting strokes and for introducing and reviewing the letters. Detailed instructions for forming each letter are included as well as shortened directions which emphasize the rhythm of handwriting. We can't wait for these to arrive!
Need a demonstration of Spelling Dictation?
Learn how to dictate one- and two- syllable words using the Logic of English style of dictation. This presentation will review the basic approach, demonstrate how to mark words, introduce finger spelling, and explain how this method benefits all learning styles.
Want to learn more about Handwriting Instruction?
In this presentation, Denise Eide, author of Uncovering the Logic of English will demonstrate multi-sensory methods for teaching handwriting. This video will aid teachers and parents in developing legible handwriting. Denise also discusses the importance of teaching the rhythm of handwriting and provides tips from The Logic of English handwriting curriculum.
Logic of English has developed a style of handwriting that is developmentally appropriate for young students and to aid students who struggle with handwriting, and we have had a custom font developed to match our requirements.
Each letter is designed to require a minimal amount of fine motor skill, with attention to developing rhythmic handwriting.
In developing Logic of English curriculum we knew that models for handwriting would be important for struggling students. Since we are convinced that cursive is the best way to teach handwriting we began our search for a cursive font to use in our program.
The students six and under may learn one new phonogram per day. The first 26-30 lessons should be dedicated to learning the A-Z phonograms. Each lesson should include: introduction to a new phonogram, practice hearing the sounds and recognizing the correct phonogram, practice reading the phonograms, and practice writing the phonograms. Drill should include games and age-appropriate review activities. Pedia Learning Inc. publishes The Phonogram and Spelling Game Book which may be used to enhance review. Once the students have learned A-Z, they are ready to begin combining A-Z into short words and to learn the multi-letter phonograms.
Introduce the phonograms based upon the initial stroke needed to write the letters. This allows the student to see the relationships between the letter forms as well as to develop stronger muscle memory for the repeated patterns. Do not introduce the letters in alphabetical order.