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We are expected to teach handwriting to our first grade students each year. Each year, we ask for some guidance or a program to best instruct our students in forming their letters correctly. Each year, we are told something different. Sometimes we are told to use Handwriting Without Tears because we have enough money to purchase the materials for our students. Recently, we have been told to use the Fountas and Pinnel Verbal Path and create our own books. The type of paper we have used to teach the letters has also changed each year. As a result, almost every grade in our school is using a different program, paper, and style of handwriting. I cringe thinking about how confused my students who really struggle with forming their letters correctly feel each year when they are asked to form their letters a different way. I also find that many students who form their letters correctly during handwriting instruction, don’t transfer those neat, legible formations to their other writing assignments.
What programs or methods have you found for teaching your students handwriting? What have you found helpful to motivate your students to use what they learn in handwriting lessons on other writing assignments the rest of the day?