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We are working hard to provide you with information based upon our continuing research and product development efforts. The PDF files available here are provided in the interest of improving and supporting the instruction of skills needed for the fluent use of written language.

One of the most important items is the Scope and Sequence. A wealth of scientific research is indicating surprising new importance for the physical learning experiences associated with development of fluent handwriting skills. Indications of powerful impact on all learning are showing up again and again in study after study. If you have not yet looked at it, I hope that you will do so as soon as possible. Your strategy for instruction is critical. See "The Peterson Difference."

Please stop by occasionally to review the offerings. I will add new items as frequently as possible. Thank you for your interest in teaching physical language skills. If you have an idea to share or a request for something new, we want to hear from you. Please use the link below.

Rand H. Nelson, V. P.

Curriculum Items

Program Administrator's Guide (PDF File, 28 pages, 260K)
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This guide offers a wealth of helpful information for managing a successful handwriting program. While it is tailored to administrators using the Peterson program, materials and services, anyone can gain valuable ideas from these pages.

Scope and Sequence (PDF File, 8 pages, 65K)
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Putting thoughts onto paper requires the highest form of language skill development no matter what tool is used. In addition to a delineation of specific skills and behaviors by level, this eight-page document presents written language skill development from a new and unique perspective. If your students struggle to get "it" on paper, you should consider what this has to offer. You may better understand what is (or is not) going on inside those little heads and probably find reason to change the design of many of your learning activities.

The Peterson Difference - a three page illustration of how the Peterson Method, models and process differ from other publisher's programs. (PDF File)
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Look at a comparison of models from various publishers from a unique perspective. Understand the cursive concept and process as presented by the Peterson Method. Learn how to look for qualities of legibility and consider process instruction as it relates to various models from different publishers. Learn why the teaching and learning strategy that includes fluent movement results in our use of models that exaggerate the process for children.

Preschool readiness. (PDF File, 65K)
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This published, two-page article is designed for parents and teachers of preschool children. It makes a good addition to a registration package for parents. When a little one shows interest in making letters, getting started correctly can offer huge advantages once formal instruction begins.

ABC's & 123's, our entry level instructional process for preschool and kindergarten. (PDF File, 33K)
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ABC's and 123's is not a stand alone program. It is a series of physical learning activities to be correlated into your present curriculum.

A fluent tool for learning. (PDF File, 33K)
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This two-page published article addresses a topic that appears to be a "missing link" in the language arts curriculum of many schools. Many programs do not seem to include handwriting instruction at all. This may be due to the fact that a majority of commercial programs for handwriting instruction simply provide workbooks for drawing letters resulting in a perception that handwriting classes have more to do with developing an artistic talent than creating a practical, fluent tool for learning and communication. If you find yourself considering the use of a certain "style" of letter, as a means to solve student handwriting problems, please take a look at this article. Discover the objective of fluency first. Then look at your program to find out how it helps you to teach fluent movement.
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Physical language instruction. (PDF File, 65K)
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This two-page article provides a series of exerts with a focus on the brain and learning to use symbolic language.

Ideas, Tools And Activities for Correlation

Handwriting Fluency For Literacy. (PDF File, 13 pages)
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This document is a guide to conducting a physical intervention using print writing. While designed for primary grade students who are struggling with handwriting and reading it can easily be used with struggling students at any level. It leads directed exercises using word lists that are included in the guide. The directed exercises are specifically designed to help children who are lagging behind in handwriting fluency as well as reading skills by providing opportunity to use and practice smooth, rhythmic movement while writing common words. It guides an evidence-based process. Objective data is easily collected to quantify the impact of the intervention on both reading and handwriting skill development. Once learned, the exercise process is easily applied to any language or spelling program.

A rubric for cursive handwriting evaluation. (PDF File)
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This rubric was provided by Mrs. Faye Ward, Grade 4 Teacher at Ramsey Elementary School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. In combination with the Skill Posters (see below) this rubric can be used for any cursive application at any level.

Word integration activity. (PDF File, one page)
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Word Challenge is a correlated activity designed to be used with your spelling or vocabulary instruction. Can your students meet the challenge? Use it with Word Masters (sample below) or your own spelling/vocabulary words. Consider this question, "When does the child really know a new word and how do you know it has been learned?"

Measure and track handwriting fluency.
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It is difficult to judge the effectiveness of the effort and the time spent to improve handwriting skills because product judgment is totally subjective. This manual explains an easy-to-manage process for gathering objective data with simple, group timed-writing activites. The quick group activites will be understood by your students, and motivating. It produces a handwriting fluency score (letters-per-minute) and stimulates interest in improving it.

The simple Time Defined activities will quickly show who needs more attention. This manual also defines a process that enables a more in-depth look at an individual struggling student. A formula allows you to figure out a fluency score by timing a complete task. Do you wonder if a student can actually write the whole alphabet? Can the student write all of the words on the spelling list? If you time the complete task you will have an answer and objective data to indicate the degree of difficulty.

Use The Directed Lesson Strategy Instantly

A directed lesson using rhythm techniques is the key to unlocking fluency. Think of it as teaching a series of "Line Dances." Using "Action Words" we direct movement exercises that include a "how to move" challenge - move with the sound of your voice. It is the challenge of movement that keeps students engaged in the process and stimulates the brain to internalize rhythmic information that can lead to fluent legibility. The following files give you an easy to use reference for directing short practice lessons on the fly using three rhythm alternatives - Color Rhythm, Count or Action Words.

As your students work on any written activity and a problem (poor letter pattern) is discovered, you can take a minute to conduct a quick patterning session (even if it includes only airwriting) using this quick rhythm reference chart. Many teachers keep the leader chart posted on the wall for instant reference.

The Cursive Rhythm Leader. (PDF File, One Page).
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The Vertical Print Rhythm Leader. (PDF File, Two Pages).
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The Slant Print Rhythm Leader. (PDF File, One page).
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Apply Handwriting Practice to Language Arts with the Word Masters Strategy

Directed handwriting exercises could be one of the strategies you use to build language skills like spelling, vocabulary and word recognition. Word Masters employs a technique based upon the latest motor research in Vince Lombardi style. "Simple strategies, well executed, produce dramatic results." You can use handwriting practice as a tool for word integration - a correlated part of your language arts effort.

The objective is simple - improve fluency and legibility while integrating patterns for high frequency words. Once you understand the process you can apply the technique to any word list to improve integration while working to improve both handwriting skills and word integration.

The research is complex but the strategy is simple. The sample files provided here contain only twelve pages - ten for your students and the instructions for you. The instructions explain the specifics of the technique for you. It is easy to understand but if you have questions please call.

Grade Three Sample (PDF File, 12 pages).
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Advanced Sample (4-8) (PDF File, 12 pages).
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The complete set for grade three provides over 600 high frequency words on 54 reproducible pages. The advanced set (4-8) provides nearly 1600 high frequency words on 64 pages. Please download the file and give the concept and techniques a try. We hope of course, that you will want the whole set. Your support of our effort through product purchases keeps our company alive. If your pupils are always asking if they can print, the Word Masters strategy will help.

Posters for Correlation of Specific Process Skills

Our instructional process is simple; Develop, Practice and Apply. We Write to Read is different from other programs in many ways but this is one of the most important. We develop and practice specific process skills in short handwriting classes and then apply the skills in your curriculum to elicit transfer of learning.

The files below allow you to print a set of posters that make specific correlation easy. Each set has six cards, one for each legibility subskill. With these posters on the wall correlating a specific skill goal, even individually, is as easy as placing the number of the skill in the student heading on the page. Let your student choose a specific goal to address in applied work. Focus on one process goal is much easier for the child to manage. Since movement relates all legibility skills, working to improve one - spacing or size for example, translates to improvement of all.

Skill posters for vertical print writing. (PDF File, 6 pages)
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Skill posters for slant print writing. (PDF File, 6 pages)
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Skill posters for cursive writing. (PDF File, 6 pages)
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Neatest Writer Chart (PDF File, 1 page)
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Recognition is motivating for all. This file will let you print a letter-size poster for recognition of three Neat Writers each month.

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