For parents teaching at home and over the school holidays we have lots of new ideas and techniques for encouraging and supporting handwriting. A sensory and play-based approach is enjoyable and enables children to develop the skills, strength and focus that will help their handwriting. These techniques are aimed at younger children (age 4–6) but […]
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Thanks to all of you who came along to our Zoom AGM and presentations. The presentations and accompanying resources are now available to watch again and download in our Members’ Area.
The NHA now offers 5 online short courses giving an overview of handwriting, offering guidance on making a handwriting policy, and with detailed guidance for teachers. Tasters for each course are available here, along with information about how to purchase and download them.
Origins of writing, writing materials, printing, typewriters and calligraphy are among the topics in this fascinating selection of articles gathered together by the British Library. Follow this link to read more.
Read the new article in the TES (free to TES subscribers) in which NHA chair Dr Mellissa Prunty talks to Christina Quaine about handwriting in schools – how it’s still an essential skill, giving children enough practice, and how to help with handwriting difficulties. In the article, Mellissa refers to the Developing Early Writing document […]
Getting pupils to produce good handwriting across all subjects isn’t easy – but we’ve found a solution, says one head. Article in TES.
We have refreshed our website and hope that supporters enjoy the new look and can find what they are looking for easily. Existing NHA members will be able to log in to the site using the same user email as before, but will need to reset their password on the first log in to the […]
Children leaving primary school aren’t meeting UK National Curriculum handwriting standards, leaving them struggling with secondary school demands. See article in The Mirror.
Children’s habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad. Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor […]
Technology is having an impact on children’s handwriting ability. But what does this mean for learning and development? Read Harriet Swain’s article in The Guardian.
Parents the world over are concerned that touchscreen and tablet technology is negatively impacting children’s handwriting. But while some say that technology overuse will impact developing dexterity and handwriting skills, the fact is that there has been no research to date which systematically examines the relationship between technology use, hand strength and handwriting production. Article in The […]
See AJC article