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My Retirement as an Endorsed SWR Trainer

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To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1

My season as an Endorsed SWR Trainer is coming to an end.

I was first introduced to Teaching at Home by Wanda Sanseri in August 1991, and four years later I became the second trainer to be endorsed so I could teach ...

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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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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 with large motor ...

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