Handwriting Can Be
Why Is handwriting important?
Handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence students’ reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking.
K-5 students are expected to spend up to 58% of their time writing in class. Writing is required for nearly all subjects to participate in journal work, complete worksheets, and testing.
Children who are able to participate in these writing activities with ease can free up energy to focus on the content of their work.
About Handwriting Can Be Fun
Handwriting Can Be FUN! is an 8 week small groups session. Each session consists of 45 minutes of time in a small group of peers with the OT and 15 minutes of time for questions.
Handwriting Can Be FUN! is designed by an occupational therapist using the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum (HWT). The HWT uses a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory approach to make learning handwriting FUN!
Handwriting without tears
Developmentally appropriate for "challenging, but achievable" (HWT) lessons
"Appeal to different sense to make learning fun and bring letters to life" (HWT)
Explicit teaching of motor skills required for handwriting with fun opportunities to build strength and precision.
Unique letter order teaching
Unique teaching order for letters that allows students to build on previously learned letters
Battles to get homework done
Switching hands when writing
"Weird" pencil grip
Difficulty with tasks that require writing
Disappointment when you don't understand their writing or pictures
Excitement to WRITE!
No more battles to get homework done
Use of a dominant hand
Correct Pencil Grip
No more frustration at written tasks
Bonding over sharing messages and picture that you can understand!
Who Teaches the class?
Hi! My name is Samantha Darcy. The kiddos call me Ms. Sam. I am an occupational therapist with a background working with children. I previously worked for 2 different public school districts in Arizona. After having my first child in 2021, I decided to make the jump to stay home with my little one while she was still little. That didn't stop me from missing seeing my kiddos at school. From my time in the school system, I know that teachers are trying their best, but some kids still just need a little extra help with their handwriting. That's why I started the Handwriting Can Be FUN! after school groups....to help those kids that just need a little extra boost to feel confident in their handwriting.
Spring 2023 Group - The details
Handwriting Can Be FUN! is an 8 week session. Each session consists of 45 minutes of time in a small group of peers with the OT and 15 minutes of time for parents and students to ask questions. It is strongly encouraged that students participate in consistent and daily practice in order to make progress on their handwriting skills. Handouts with activities and practice opportunities will provided via email for each week.
Registration includes materials for your child to keep to practice at home during and after the group is over. Materials include:
HWT wood letter pieces and mat with "matman" hands
HWT slate chalkboard, mini sponge erasers and mini chalk
HWT pencils and flip crayons
HWT "Roll-a-dough" cards &2 cans of playdoh
HWT wide double lined paper
HWT age appropriate workbook
Sensory tray, colored sensory rice, alphabet erasers and tongs for fine motor
Handouts for activities and practice at home