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  • MANUAL

    Cursive Handwriting

    Everything you need to know for teaching handwriting to

    EYFS, KS1 and KS2 using Letter-join

    3rdEdition

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    Key Stage 1Material to teach other character sets and to reinforce and practise handwriting 12

    Key Stage 2Exercises and practical methods to help reach National Curriculum expectations 18

    Letter-join Extra Resources Worksheets, Handouts and interactive resources:

    Dictation Exercises: page 26 Word Animator: page 29

    Worksheet Generator: page 28 Magic Words: page 30

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    34Sitting, Posture and Pencil GripEnsuring a comfortable handwriting position

    31Handwriting Policy TemplateCreate a handwriting policy from our MS Word template*

    36Letter-join FAQsCommon questions and answers

    38Letter-join Free Trial and Cost CalculatorFree trial information and subscription costs

    32Letter-join FontsHow to install Letter-join fonts*

    6Setting up School Subscriptions Our best-practice guide to setting up classroom accounts

    4Introducing Letter-join Letter-joins handwriting resources at a glanceWhether youre starting a Letter-join free trial at school or youre already a regular Letter-join user, this guide will take you through all you need to know about teaching handwriting.

    Weve included everything from setting up school subscriptions and installing fonts, to suggestions on how to incorporate Letter-join into your key stage teaching.

    At Letter-join we regularly add extra resources to make cursive handwriting more fun and easy to teach. Letter-join now includes free home copies so theres never been a better time to boost your pupils handwriting.

    Welcome to Letter-join

    You can download and print further copies of this manual at www.letterjoin.co.uk/manual.pdf

    *School subscribers only

    EYFSResources to introduce cursive handwriting to early years pupils

    CONTENTS

    LETTER-JOIN HANDWRITING MANUAL 2ND EDITION

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    The Letter-join cursive handwriting style includes alternative letterforms that are used on all cursive

    resources including letter and word animations, the Worksheet Generator, Magic Words, Word Animator and all cursive worksheets. Designed to look and feel like natural handwriting, it is easy to learn to write.

    Handwriting policy documentLetter-join includes a curriculum-based handwriting policy. It is supplied in MS Word format to school subscribers and can be easily edited to quickly produce a personalised handwriting policy for your school. See page 31 for details.

    Simple internet compatibilityLetter-join is an advanced web site that is compatible with many internet browsers on desktop computers as well as on iPads, Windows and Android tablets. It is also compatible with the LearnPad system. See page 38 for LearnPad log-in and browser listing.

    Letter-join on school tabletsLetter-join in the classroom

    Introducing Letter-join

    Animation with spoken instructions

    Touch-screen activities for IWBs, iPads and tablets

    Practice worksheets accompany all sections

    Moreletters

    Extraresources

    Worksheet generator

    Easywords

    Easyletters

    Harderwords

    Harderletters

    Patterns

    At a glance the Letter-join menu

    Letter-join fonts for MS Word

    LETTER-JOINFONTS

    At Letter-join we know that handwriting practice at home will help improve the speed and quality of pupils handwriting. Thats why we include free access for pupils at home on their PCs and tablets. Home access is particularly good for new joiners where parents might be unfamiliar with cursive handwriting.

    Letter-join is an online handwriting resource which can be used to teach handwriting on classroom whiteboards. It includes animations, touch-screen activities, cursive fonts and access to hundreds of practice worksheets.

    Letter-join access on iPads and tablets is included with school subscriptions. Letter-joins fun touch-screen activities are designed to encourage pupils to practice handwriting and is compatible with Apple, Android and Windows tablets.

    A personalised cursive font Free home access for your pupils

    School staff can create homework sheets, newsletters, posters and labels using the Letter-join fonts. Cursive and pre-cursive versions can be downloaded by subscribers to Letter-joins School Edition. Please see page 32 for details.

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    School details Please check all details are current and update if necessary.

    Classroom account passwords Classroom accounts are all given the same password. These can be changed, one at a time, if desired, but we recommend using the same password for each class making it easier to remember.

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    Left hand menu

    Shown below is the Administrator page for a Letter-join School subscription.Please note these options are not available with the Free Trial.

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    Letter-join Administrator Panel

    When schools first subscribe to the School Edition of Letter-join, a member of staff must become the Letter-join School Administrator. Their role is to set-up and manage Letter-join accounts, choose preferred letterforms and

    download the Letter-join fonts and the handwriting policy. The Administrator will also receive renewal reminder e-mails and updates from Letter-join about new resources as they are added.

    Setting up a school subscription

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    Left hand menu Content here can only be accessed by logging in as School Administrator. Here the Administrator can choose preferred letterforms, download the fonts, the Handwriting Policy and other useful information as shown below.

    Handwriting Policy School subscribers to Letter-join can download an editable Microsoft Word document of the Letter-join Handwriting Policy. See page 31 for more information.

    Go to Letter-joinClick here to go to the Letter-join School Edition opening page. From here you can access all of Letter-joins resources.

    Alternative letterforms This is where to choose your preferred letterforms for cursive f, k, w, x, and z. Your choices will be used across all your classroom accounts and Letter-join resources.

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    Letter-join School Administrator page.

    The font(s) you download will use the alternative letterforms, chosen by your school. More info on page 32.

    Download Letter-join fontsLetter-join access for pupils at home (School subscriptions only)

    LETTER-JOIN PLUS CURSIVE

    LETTER-JOIN AIR PLUS PRE-CURSIVE

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    What can be more fun than learning to draw spirals and zig-zags?

    Patterns and pre-cursive shapes can be challenging for young pupils, but Letter-join has all the resources needed to introduce joined-up handwriting to younger children.

    Letter-joins animations present pre-cursive patterns with fun sounds that can be copied by air-writing or by tracing on IWBs, tablets and, most importantly, by practising with a pencil on printed worksheets.

    This naturally leads on to the introduction of real letters. Watching and copying the shapes of letters and the various joining techniques will enable pupils to learn to write simple words in a cursive style at this early stage.

    Early Years Foundation Stage

    InteractivitiesLetter-join includes activities to help learn

    the shapes required for joined-up

    handwriting and to aid the development

    of fine motor skills.

    Magic Words is a playful section where

    letter joining techniques can be practised

    by finger writing and where pupils are

    rewarded with stars for accuracy (see

    page 30).

    Letter-join iPad and tablet access is

    included in every school subscription for

    pupils to use at school and at home.

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    Letters and words made simple

    Example of an Easy word typed into the Magic Words section (see page 30). Words can be practised on either a tablet, IWB or printed out for real handwriting practice.

    Choose interactive activities and printed worksheets as a foundation to handwriting

    EYFS EYFS

    Letters and words can be presented as a whole class activity.

    Interactive whiteboard display allows for whole class involvement.

    Letter-join provides a selection of fun pre-cursive patterns for EYFS pupils that cover all handwriting movements. These encourage fine and gross motor skills as a foundation to cursive handwriting.

    Letter-joins pre-cursive patterns are grouped into logical sets of similar shapes, and each pattern is animated, accompanied by exciting sounds.

    The patterns can be traced over on IWBs or tablets. Presented large on the IWB, Letter-join is perfect for air-writing for gross motor skills. Finer control can be gained by finger writing on tablets or with a pencil using the worksheets. Worksheets consist of lines of patterns for tracing using a pencil or crayon and a simple drawing which can be coloured-in using the patterns of that group.

    Pre-cursive patterns cover all writing shapes.

    Watch patterns, such as jellies, with fun sounds.

    Practice tracing patterns on IWBs or tablets.Fun worksheets are available for all the pattern sets for handwriting practice using pencils and crayons.

    Develop writing skills with pre-cursive patterns

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