Happy New Year everyone!
Here’s wishing you and The World a more peaceful and positive year ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to read about the work I’ve been doing to start 2021 with positive, practical support for you as parents, carers and teachers… to help children feel good about their handwriting.
It would have been helpful and important even without the disruption that Covid 19 has brought, but now it’s even more crucial, as we navigate this period of exhausting uncertainty, and adjust to ensure our young people receive the education, skill development and personal guidance they deserve and need to thrive.
I’m extremely proud to announce the launch of Better Handwritten’s Home & School Handwriting Programme on 8th January! 🙂
The initial modules support the development and clarity of
- lowercase letters (print)
- capital letters
- cursive writing (joining)
As the programme title suggests it can be used:
- by children at home, with parental assistance (individual subscription)
- in school with classes, groups or individual pupils (school subscription)
- at home, directed by school (providing a simple, consistent, manageable routine that reduces stress for all and supports lasting improvement)
School subscriptions will include access for individual pupils at home.
Handwritten worksheets and demonstration videos model formations, help raise awareness, focus attention and support positive habit change through a simple, structured approach.
For such a long time I’ve wanted to share my methods so that you and others can experience the rewards of helping more and more children and young people feel good about their handwriting. Because if they feel good about it they will use it, and it’s quite simply one of the most personal and effective ways we have for connecting with ourselves and others… supporting well-being and expressing our thoughts, visions and brilliance.
I heard yesterday that John Lewis have reported a 227% increase in sales of notecards and writing sets as more people are rediscovering the pleasure of letter writing. If you haven’t written to anyone in a while, give it a go … notice and enjoy the good feelings you both deliver and receive 🙂 Your children will enjoy this too!
Let’s remember writing by hand is also still the main method for communicating understanding in schoolwork, assessments and exams. If children are currently writing less because of necessary school arrangements they will soon lose writing stamina and confidence. Instead, with this new programme, they can be building up their handwriting fitness and feeling great!
There is no negative to feeling good about handwriting. Not feeling good about it however, invariably results in resistance to writing and can lead to real and significant anxiety… for some a sense of negative judgement that never quite goes away.
Here are a handful of lovely comments which give a glimpse of the difference feeling good about handwriting can make (to the writers AND the adults supporting them):
“I feel so happy about my writing, It looks much better. I feel happier about doing writing at school.”
Jaxon (Hong Kong)
“If only we had known how fun handwriting could be and how little adjustments can make such a difference!!!! It has made such a huge difference to Jaxon’s writing enjoyment and his writing confidence. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!”
Abbie (Hong Kong)
“I’m so pleased with the progress my son has made and more importantly he is proud of what he has achieved. He has always found handwriting difficult, but the videos are very easy to follow and in nice bite-sized chunks. Nicky has a fabulous calm approach. He now has a new-found confidence in his writing.”
“I have been amazed by how quickly my son has settled into the routine of handwriting but most importantly how he feels that handwriting is now something he can do.’
“I look forward to teaching handwriting now whereas before I avoided it… I didn’t know how to help and was self-conscious about my own pen-hold and misformations.”
“You are revolutionising my entire teaching life! Who knew such small steps would make such a difference!”
“Thank you Nicky, for teaching me the art of handwriting in such a simple but effective way. I never thought it would be so easy and fun to achieve great results in a such a short time.”
“Thank you for creating your services. I was ashamed to even write birthday cards. It’s been such a pleasure making changes and learning to enjoy writing.”
Over the coming days I’ll be sharing a series of blogs, explaining how the programme is organised, why it works and responding to some of the questions I’ve been asked about how it supports handwriting improvement. Once you have a better understanding I’ll share details of how you can subscribe as an individual or school.
Today I’ll explain as simply as possible the practice process. In other words, I understand many of you will just want to know WHAT TO DO and, with the best will in the world, don’t really have time to follow an in-depth analysis of why the approach works.
I can’t let you off the hook entirely with that, as certain knowledge is key to success, but I’ll keep it as simple as possible through the forthcoming blogs. All the guidance you need will be in the programme, supported with fantastic illustrations by the incredibly talented David Lewis (www.davidlewiscartoons.com)
The Programme tutorials will help you understand exactly where to start but for now let’s just think about the daily process as a slow-cooker recipe for success:
For Handwriting That Makes You Feel Good
- 15-20 minutes (4 or 5 days a week)
- The Better Handwritten Home & School Online Handwriting Programme
- a pencil or pen that feels nice to write with
- printed practice sheets/ lined paper
- positive, interested feedback & discussion
- patience (follow the programme and you WILL get good results)
- Start by enjoying the section bonus picture (which member of the Better Handwritten Animal Family will it be?!)
- Watch ‘Let’s have a think about…’ where I share some of the formation issues I often come across
- Look at your practice sheet closely
- Line by line, tick which you think is the ‘best example’ in that row. This comparative judgement focuses attention and raises awareness.
- Watch the demonstration video
- “Pause and practise!” (You’ll hear this instruction at the end of each demo)
- Time to write (there’s not much to do so you can enjoy going slowly and carefully)
- Look closely and tick your own ‘best example’ in each row
- There are spare lines on your sheet if you want to try out anything else 🙂
It really is this simple.
The important thing to get clear on is that this is a gradual process of skill development. I’ll look forward to showing you how it works!
In the next blog I’ll share more about the Lowercase Letters Module, including the ‘regular’ and ‘handwriting’ lines for practice and the reason for 3 sizes of each!
To register interest, request further information or ask any questions please contact: