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® 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).