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About Holding the Pencil
A tight cramped grip on the pencil can cause more than writer's cramp. It can actually block the learning of skills that allow writing fluency to develop. This video explains the goals, demonstrates a good grip and teaches the pencil song.
About Paper Holding (Right-Handed)
Learning to hold the paper in good writing position is critical to fluency and legibility. This video explains the impact and demonstrates an easy to teach techinque for adjusting the paper before writing.
A Grip For Remediation
Poor paper holding often leads to bad habits that block fluency. A hooked wrist puts the writing hand at the side of the image area blocking efficient lateral movement. A tight, cramped grip on the pen causes the hand to cover the image area making fluent, goal-oriented movement very difficult to learn. These kinds of habits can also be caused by an unusual perceptual difficulty called RPS (Reverse Positioning Sensation) as a child attempts to compensate for the reversed sensations they feel.
This video demonstrates a very old, but very effective way to hold the pen or pencil which will help greatly when attempting to change poor position habits that defeat fluent movement. Incidentally, The research which identified RPS also showed that the reversed sensations which cause so much confusion for reading and writing, can be corrected when the student learns to hold the pencil, paper, wrist and arm in the proper position.
How To Use The Kindergarten Text, "ABC's and 123's."
This YouTube video demonstrates the design intent of the textbook, it is also demonstrating the unique teaching method that makes it easy to teach smooth, fluent movement from the beginning or at any level with our color/rhythm models. It is that challenge, learning how to make the movements smoothly, that enhances the rate of internalization. The goal is to create patterns for the movements in the motor system. Once the "process pattern" is established, the child will be able to bring the letter from "inside the brain" and will no longer need to look at a picture of the letter in order to produce the image.
How To Use The We Write To Read, Grade One Pupil Book
This YouTube video deomonstrates the Peterson movement-based method for teaching print handwriting using fluent movement. It shows how to use the simple, inexpensive Grade One Pupil Book to lead "directed" lessons that are very effective and time efficient. Learn how to develop motor patterns by teaching the student to move the pencil with the voice. Learn how to direct practice exercises to improve control of smooth, rhythmic movement. Handwriting practice is challenging fun when movement is included as a goal. The strategy is not the typical trace-and-copy approach to learning.
The Impact Of Handwriting Fluency On Language Skills
This narrated slide show presents and explains the potential connections between handwriting training and your language arts efforts. You will learn how to measure handwriting fluency and learn why position skills like pencil and paper holding are more important than you might think. Learn about the "Instant Word Concept," and how to combine two spelling activities you already use to enhance the learning of spelling and vocabulary.
Please, No Pencil Tracing
One of the most common activities used for handwriting instruction is to have a student trace models with a crayon or pencil. Please invest 12 minutes to learn why this is not a good practice, and to learn a more effective alternative for instruction.
(12 minutes, speakers or a headset are needed for the sound)
Coaching A Left-Hander
This presentation uses video to illustrate and explain the two best approaches for writing with the left hand and how to coach your student to improve fluency and reduce the negative effects of poor process on spelling. The presentation is about 17 minutes long. The video buffering time will cause some waiting on a slow connection. You need speakers or a headset for the sound.
Mr. Pencil's Grip Exercise
A good pencil grip is more important than many people realize. But, it is not easy for children to learn to hold the pencil properly when they have a debilitating habit. The reason is simple. When they try a new grip posture, they suddenly use a lot of muscles that have no experience. They don't feel they have control. We need to get them to practice the new grip long enough for the brain to establish connections with these new muscles. This simple exercise stimulates the brain to make those connections. The video is designed for use with the children and teaches them how to do the exercise. The run time is about two minutes.