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Since 1989 Beverley Paine has steadfastly promoted and supported home education as an educational choice for Australia families. Her books and websites aim to demystify education, gently deschooling families so that they may meet their children's individual and unique educational and developmental needs. Her honesty, insights and wealth of experience continues to bring hope, reassurance and confidence to families.
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Some Strategies and Activities for Handwriting
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an excerpt from from pages 11-16 in Developing Handwriting by Beverley Paine, reprinted with permission
2. You and the child vocalise the movement of the hand, direction, starting place, etc. when writing or scribing, e.g.
- when I write h, I start at the top, I move the pencil down and then back up, around and down
- to write a c, the pencil starts on the right and moves smoothly up, to the left, around, down, and then curls up as if it were going to return
to the starting point Using this type of language has the added bonus of developing spatial mathematical understanding. You can also use imaginative language - often how you verbally illustrate the physical processes involved in handwriting will depend on the individual
situation, child or writing purpose.
11. Children make autograph books and collect samples of other people’s handwriting. You could discuss how handwriting styles have changed historically,
and compare the different styles taught in schools this century.
12. Children can make alphabet books using different handwriting styles, or practice calligraphy. You could print various fonts from the computer and let the children practice copying them. Children can add these styles to their charts and suggest
and record appropriate times to use them.
15. You can provide appropriate models of handwriting styles, presentation, format, etc. according to the purpose and audience of the writing, e.g.
- labels for displays
- labels for everyday objects (encourages reading development)
- labels for cupboards, files and boxes
- labels for completed children’s work
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Meet Beverley Paine!
Welcome to the world of home education - learning without school! We officially began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were each born! I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! As of September 2013 I 'retired' from actively supporting and promoting home education. I am still just as passionate about children learning outside of a school environment, just that life moves on and there are new horizons to explore and enjoy.
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