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'I found this a fascinating book to read, I could identify with my time at school when I would often write with my paper almost in at right angles to my body because I found this comfortable, and the teacher's insistence that the paper be "straight" in front of me. This then made me twist my body into a ridiculous shape, and would sometimes result in punishment for not "sitting on the chair correctly"!.if only the teacher had understood the same principles as Rosemary Sassoon, who in this book emphasizes "flexibility and clear thinking about essential issues, rather than to impose solutions' - Spare-Chair 'Handwriting: The Way to Teach It should be required reading wherever Primary school teachers are trained, then perhaps there would be fewer young people still struggling to communicate in legible writing in Secondary school and later life' - Handwriting Today 'This is a comprehensive textbook, and an extremely accessible and practical guide which should be on the bookshelf of every practitioner. I recommend it highly' - Jeni Riley, Head of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Institute of Education, University of London This book is an essential classroom guide to the teaching of handwriting. It covers all aspects of the subject: from whole-school planning, to classroom management and the teaching of letters in a highly illustrated and practical sequence; and from initial letter forms through to joined writing. The author presents many examples and imaginative ideas to make learning to write more effective and interesting for children and for teachers. This Second Edition includes material on problems which children can have with handwriting, and how to diagnose and remedy them. The author offers strategies for better teaching, and her aim throughout the book is to encourage flexibility and clear thinking about essential issues, rather than to impose solutions.
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: PLANNING HANDWRITING ACROSS THE WHOLE SCHOOLThe Priority for Handwriting in the CurriculumThe Relationship between the Skill of Handwriting and Other SubjectsWhen to Introduce Handwriting in the Reception ClassThe Choice of Handwriting ModelBalancing Movement and NeatnessHow Much Emphasis on JoiningDisplay Writing - Both by Teachers and PupilsLiaison with Pre-School Groups, Parents and Other SchoolsA Policy for Left-HandersA Policy for Special NeedsA Policy for Newcomers from Other SchoolsTerminologyAssessment and Record KeepingPART TWO: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENTLayout of the ClassroomBalancing Whole-Class Instruction with One-to-One AttentionPostureAppropriate FurniturePaper Position and Its Effect on PosturePenholdMaterials Pencils and Pens, Paper Size and LinesMaking Children Aware of the Importance of All These IdeasPART THREE: A SYSTEM FOR TEACHING LETTERSThe Vital Early YearsThe Concepts Behind Our Writing SystemDifferent Approaches to TeachingExplaining the Act of Writing in a Logical SequenceIntroducing Letters in Stroke-Related FamiliesTeaching the First Letter FamilyTeaching the Second Letter FamilyTeaching the Round LettersComplex Letters and Emerging ProblemsName WritingDesigning ExercisesStarting to Use LettersLinesDrawing with WritingRemedial Work Often Begins on Day OneJoining as Soon as PossiblePersonal Letters Lead to Efficiency and SpeedWhat Handwriting Problems May IndicateLayouts for Practice CardsRecommendations from Research into Children's HandwritingSome Personal CommentsPART FOUR: A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT HANDWRITING PROBLEMSHandwriting as a Diagnostic ToolProblems That Show through HandwritingSpecific Problems for Left-HandersProblems with DirectionalityPerceptual ProblemsObserving, Assessing and Dealing with TremorsFatigueGaps in LearningPosture as an Indicator, as Well as a Cause of ProblemsAn Attitude of Understanding

About the Author

Rosemary Sassoon is an independent consultant and lecturer, based in Sevenoaks, Kent. She is the author of Handwriting: The Way to Teach it, Paul Chapman Publishing, 2003.


`This is a comprehensive textbook, and an extremely accessible and practical guide which should be on the bookshelf of every practitioner. I recommend it highly' - Jeni Riley, Head of Early Childhood and Primary Education Institute of Education, University of London

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