Kinetic Letters

Before and After examples of writing

All staff have recently received training on the teaching of Kinetic Letters.  We have now adopted the Kinetic Letter programme for the teaching of handwriting from Nursery to Year 6.

Kinetic Letters

Kinetic Letters® is a handwriting programme for use in primary and secondary schools.

 

Four main threads of:

• Making bodies stronger,

• Holding the pencil,

• Learning the letters, and

• Flow and fluency

 

It enables children to develop legible handwriting that is produced quickly and

automatically. With the development of automaticity, handwriting becomes a valuable

tool and not a hindrance to learning.

 

The Kinetic Letters® font covers all the letters in the alphabet and is based on a set of

rules that have been made as simple as possible to enable fast learning. The order in

which letters are taught recognizes the cognitive development of children.

 

The programme can be used with any reading programme including phonics. Initially

reading and writing are taught separately (as recommended by phonics programmes);

later on, reading and writing are combined.

 

Strength: Writing is a fine finger operation; children must have core body and arm

strength to be able to control their fingers precisely.

 

Pencil hold: The pencil/pen grip must be comfortable to allow writing for long periods

(eg exams often last for hours). Pens and pencils with a triangular cross-section assist

in developing the correct hold.

 

Letter formation: The movements to form the letters begin with

whole body movements and progress through writing in sand trays

to writing on whiteboards and finally writing on paper. In Kinetic

 

Letters®, all the letters and numbers are formed by one of two

monkeys, a brave one (Bounce) who goes to the top branch of the

tree, and a scared one (Skip) who goes to the lower branch.

 

Flow and fluency: Letter movements are minimized to help a fast writing style to

develop. There are no lead-in strokes (a waste of time and effort).