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Write from the start: Unique Programme to Develop the Fine Motor and Perceptual Skills Necessary for Effective Handwriting (3 volumes) Paperback – 18 Jul 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: LDA (18 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855032457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855032453
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 2.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ability to produce fluent, legible handwriting with ease is something that affects attainment in most areas of the curriculum, yet many children continue to struggle with this vital skill. Based on holistic principles, this programme offers a different approach, developing the muscles of the hand - so that children gain the necessary control to produce letter forms - alongside the perceptual skills required to orientate and organize letter and words. The programme is effective for mainstream children aged 4-6 years, children with developmental co-ordination disorders and older children with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Over 400 carefuly graded exercises and activities develop hand-eye co-ordination, form constancy, spatial organization, figure-ground discrimination, orientation and laterality. The package consists of two pupil workbooks and a teacher's handbook.


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This programme comes with two books and a teacher's manual. I have started my 5-year-old and 3-year-old off with the first one, and my 7-year-old with the second. They all enjoy doing it because instead of endless formation of letters, this handwriting programme focusses on pen control through various drawing lessons.

The first book starts off simply with following dotted lines around circles, triangles, and squares, of different sizes, sometimes on the inside of them, sometimes on the outside of them.

The second book starts off with tiny little circles which the child puts dots inside, and then moves up to joining them, first only three or four, and then whole pages of dots.

There are some exercises within the workbooks that deal with letter formation, but most of it is a spatial, geometric way of controlling the pen.

I highly recommend it as a handwriting programme, because the children like doing it -- which is more than I can say about other programmes I've tried.
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I have been using the exercises in this book for 6 weeks. The improvement in my son's writing has been really amazing. The best part is that my son has actually enjoyed it.
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This pack comes with 2 children's books and a teacher/ parent handbook. I bought it for a boy in my class with an autistic spectrum disorder, who finds it very difficult to hold his pencil and maintain grip whilst writing. After 4 weeks I am already beginning to see an improvement thanks to the activities. A brilliant pack and worth the money.
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I was recommended to use this programme by a paediatrician, as my son (7 years old) has very untidy writing. I have been using it for my 5 year old too. Both of them have enjoyed completing the activities. The programme consists of repeating series of patterns, which the children found fun. I hope it helps with their handwriting when they go back to school after the holidays!
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A great resource, especially for boys who may be wary of handwriting exercises as too 'girly'. The exercises are completed with enthusiasm by all. Not only have we seen an improvement in handwriting, but also in drawing, painting and most importantly self-confidence. Great.
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By Lula on 20 Jan. 2013
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Ordered theese for a few children in my year 3 class (age 7/8) with real difficulties writing. They are really enjoying the activities and after a couple of weeks I am allready seeing a slight improvement with 2 children in particular. Because some of the children have an awkward pencil grip, I have also bought 'the claw' pencil grips to help them to use their pencil with a tripod grip. I would definitely reccomend this.
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Generally I like this series except for the fact that it can be a little boring. The tasks are very repetative. 5 minutes a day is more than enough and if used in this way I've seen results.
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An excellent concept. Just starting to use it for our 5 year old who has autism and difficulty holding a pencil. . We've been using a tripod grip for a few months and these two together look like a winner !!
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