Math and literacy


Handwriting Instruction Matters!

If handwriting motions are not efficient, it interferes with the whole writing process: Our goal is for letter formation to be fluid and automatic. A multisensory, integrated approach to handwriting is the most time-efficient, and brain-friendly way we 

know of to plant habits for good handwriting—because handwriting matters!
It is vital that teachers give children the gift of legible handwriting habits right from the start of their journey as writers. We disadvantage children if they do not have an efficient pencil grip, good handwriting skills, and writing fluency by the end of the year.

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directions for proper letter formation.

Math and literacy

How does a child start the process of becoming a writer?

It begins with oral language. Being able to tell a story is the foundation for students being able to write a story. We'll share our stories together orally throughout the year.  

What storytelling helps a child do:

  • Build a bigger vocabulary

  • Practice using the right verb tenses, adjectives, and adverbs. (Hint: If your 5 year old is still saying "Her did it." instead of "She did it." You need to correct and model better language. This isn't age appropriate speaking.)

  • Organize thoughts and ideas into a coherent story.

  • Think about the beginning, middle and end.

  • Add details to make the story more interesting.

  • Speak in public, including using voice inflection and eye contact with the listeners.

  • Listen and ask pertinent questions

Teachers are guilty of not putting much emphasis on the drawing stage. We push to get kids writing words as fast as possible.


This is a mistake and often times backfires.  Instead of having a room of independent storytellers (drawing, adding details and adding text when ready) we end up with a class of students who are waiting for an adult to sit with them and help them tell their story with words.


Drawing to tell a story can help boost the skills mentioned above in Talking. With focused sketching sessions, budding writers learn how to observe more carefully and remember more details.  

When the child is finally ready to record his story with words, the picture is his guide to remember all the details and organize them coherently. 

The first stage of writing is adding random letters to a picture because the child understands that print tells the story. 

Then a child may label a picture with names or with words she knows how to write.

The next step is "stretching" out words and writing down the beginning sound. Followed later by hearing and writing the ending sound.

The last stage of Kindergarten writing is transitioning to spelling known sight words correctly and writing in sentences.Students move into the writing phase with lots of exposure to print.

Skills children need to become writers:

  • Holding a story idea in their head for the length of writing it down.

  • Knowing how to write the alphabet quickly and fluently.  

  • Being able to segment a word (by saying it slowly) into individual sounds.

  • Quickly identifying the sound he wants to write with the letter associated with that sound.

  • Knowing High Frequency Words by heart.

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