Curriculum | Let's Write
AVKO's handwriting program consists of:
- Let's Write Right with its
companion book, Rimes and More
Rhymes. Although this does have
pages which have letters and words that may be
traced, the order of presentation of the letters
is quite different than traditional methods. It
is designed to teach reading and spelling as the
letters are learned. Cursive can be taught at
the same time as manuscript or afterwards.
at Square One. This 300+ page book not
only teaches reading and spelling as it teaches
the writing of the alphabet (manuscript and
cursive) but it also can be used for teaching
the computer keyboard. This is
FREE to AVKO Members
as an E-book.
Both programs use a research-based approach
designed specifically to teach reading and
spelling skills through the backdoor of
penmanship (manuscript or cursive handwriting)
- Emphasis is on legibility
- Wide latitude is given for individuality
provided the letters cannot be mistaken for
another. Legibility is essential.
Orthography (correct spelling and letter
formation) is stressed, and opportunities for
calligraphy are available for the advanced
students. Students diagnosed with
dysgraphia should find this method a great help
to prevent illegible handwriting.
- Students learn
spelling/reading sequentially as the
alphabet is taught - not after. With just the
letters abc and d, we have:
a cab, a dad, and bad.
Next we introduce the letters r,
s, and t out of order.
Why? Because they are so useful. Now
we can have a car, a card, and
a cart as well as a tar, star,
tart, tarts, start and
starts etc. In Let's Write Right the
rest of the alphabet follows in
alphabetical order. By using rst
early, q naturally is followed by
u. In Starting at Square One we also place
the y and w out of order so that we have this
order of presentation of letters: abcd rst y
efghw (the wh, ch, sh, th, digraphs are taught
here) ijklmnop q uv x z .
- Just by learning to make
the connecting strokes, students learn to write
cursive. With just the letters a, b, c, and d,
we have: a cab, a dad, a dab, and bad.
Teachers using D'Nealian and/or Getty-Dubay
Italic handwriting textbooks or any other
continuous stroke penmanship book can use these texts
for lesson plans and adapt accordingly, but
- Teachers can help their
students learn to read cursive as they are
learning to write manuscript. The handwriting
text does not have bunny rabbits and balloons
that tend to be demeaning to older students.
Yet, there is room for students to illustrate
their own text. This can be fun for both the
younger and the older students.
- Students practice writing
manuscript and cursive letters in context of
phonically consistent patterns rather than in
isolation within unrelated words. As they
practice their handwriting they are learning to
spell without having to memorize words or
spelling rules. This, in turn, prevents
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