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How Penmanship Helps Phonics Learning

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“I know penmanship is important, but how does it tie into phonics instruction?”

English is a phonetic language. That means that the letters and groups of letters in words represent the sounds of our speech. When a child is taught to instantly recognize and to write the symbols (alphabet letters) that represent the sounds in his language, he can master the code we call written ...

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Live Video Support … it’s the cherry on top!

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We offer our SWR and Cursive First users tremendous support — and now interactive videos?

Video support for Spell to Write and Read and Cursive First is now available on my Facebook Page. This is your chance to join me in a session, ask questions, and discuss the topics you’ve asked for…in the LIVE STREAMING format.

July 1 – Let’s Peek at ...

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Reader Award Winners for 2016

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We’re so honored to have been selected among the top three rankings once again in the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards for 2016. Spell to Write and Read placed 3rd for both Spelling and Phonics while Cursive First placed 2nd for Handwriting. What makes these awards so special is that homeschoolers from all over voted for those materials with which they were personally ...

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Teaching Reading and Writing with Cursive First

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Cursive First Podcast

Back in 2012 I had the pleasure of joining Hank and Sherry Osborne of the Home School Support Network on a podcast in which we discussed the benefits of and methods for teaching cursive. During our time together we discussed the following topics.

  • Statistics on our nation’s literacy failures
  • Why handwriting is important
  • The history of handwriting in our country
  • How/why a shift ...
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How to Teach Cursive Before Fine Motor Control Develops

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Child Learning cursive

You have a little one that’s eager to learn to read and write, and you’ve heard that teaching cursive from the beginning is developmentally more appropriate. But your child doesn’t hold a pencil correctly yet or even write. How can you teach him cursive penmanship?

You will want to follow the same pattern that your child used for learning other body movements: start ...

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