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Peterson Handwriting App Animations

On your computer, your tablet or your smart phone the letter model animations are very effective for developing an understanding of how the letters are built and how to move when you make the strokes. We have elected to remove the app from the app stores and instead, provide free access to the animations.


The video demonstrations below give you a quick overview of how the app can be used to teach a child the movement sequence for building letters and numerals in three styles; vertical print, slant print (italic) and cursive.

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Detailed Description

Model Letter Animations teach a student how to write each letter and numeral in three styles of alphabet; vertical print, slant print and cursive. Prompts we call "Action Words" are shown with each stroke. Teach the child to say the words aloud then point at the screen to write in the air while chanting. Once the child is moving smoothly with the voice, it is time to move to writing the strokes while chanting the words. You will be surprised how quickly the learning happens.

By design, we do not offer sound for the action words. The key to success is eliciting the voice and providing opportunity to get the vocal and the movements in sync. The child who only listens as the words are chanted will not progress as rapidly as the child who masters chanting and moving with the voice. The air-writing exercise stimulates internalization when the voice guides the movements. Internalization means the child will be able to bring the letter out of the brain without looking at a wall card or desk strip picture.

It is important to understand that you are teaching a process for building each letter while using the rhythmic kind of movement that will allow fluency as practice improves control and legibility. Initial iterations on paper or chalkboard may not be accurate as to shape. That is what practice is all about. As long as the correct "process" is executed, additional practice of the vocally guided movement will allow rapid improvement as control of the rhythmic movements improves.

RAN/Letters Exercise for Literacy

The Random Automatic Naming assessment (RAN/Letters) is widely accepted as one of the better ways to predict readiness for learning to read and as a predictor of probable success. The timed test is widely used to determine kindergarten readiness and placement.

For the preschool child the app offers an important letter recognition exercise that will develop random letter naming skills. The "chooser page" for each alphabet, lowercase or upper case, offers pictures of each of the letters. They are arranged in groups based upon related movements and they are not in alphabetical order.

When your preschooler shows interest in learning letters you and the child can enjoy using the animations to learn to recognize letters and their names, numerals too. The child will enjoy finding the pictures of letters he/she knows and selecting the image to open an animation of the letter. It is an excellent exercise for developing Random Automatic Letter Naming skills. For even more effective action and attention, project your tablet onto your televison with Chromecast or Apple TV. The child touches the tablet to identify a letter, the animation pops up on your TV.

The Style-Selection page also provides the user with a direct link to numerous "How To" videos for parents, teachers and students. The Peterson YouTube channel is a major focus for the future. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to have access to all new content as it is added, including video practice lessons your child can use.

You can use our "Contact Us" page to request help. A mail-to link allows you send a message with a picture to our specialist for feedback.

Rand Nelson, President
Peterson Directed Handwriting


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