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Letter Formation: This refers to the child's ability to recall how to write the letter (requiring visual memory) and the ability to translate this memory into motor output. Children learn in many different ways and it is important to involve all of the senses.
The Handwriting Helper uses the "Handwriting Without Tears" method that utilizes many fun and easy to remember auditory 'tricks' that facilitates this task for it's young learners. Also, the method encourages gross motor movements to facilitate the learning of letters as well as many sensory components.

Letter Spacing and Word Spacing: The ability to write words with the appropriate spacing between the letters and the ability to write sentences with the appropriate spacing between words are often a huge challenge for a child. The 'Handwriting Without Tears' program has a solution to this problem. They use a technique with exaggerated spaces between words and letters as the child is learning good form. These spaces will then be reduced as the child masters the challenge. The Handwriting Helper also has many fun and innovative techniques to assist in this area.


Ability to stay within the lines: A child who has difficulty staying within the lines often has very illegible handwriting as the letters are all over the page. This is a task that requires strong visual motor skills. Schools often use workbook paper with three lines (2 blue lines and a dotted red line). This is very confusing for a young child. The "Handwriting without Tears" program and the Handwriting Helper use paper with two lines and this makes it much easier for the child to keep his or her handwriting legible. Children are taught to 'bump' the lines.

Letter Size: Children are notorious for writing with all different sizes of letters. As they mature into proficient writers the size of their letters usually become smaller and consistent in size. However this is not always the case. Children often do not realize their letters are 'too small' or 'too big'. The Handwriting Helper encourages writing with both small and big letters in order to make children aware of the size differences and to encourage an appropriate size.

Letter Slant: Many handwriting styles have a varying degree of slant to their letters. The Handwriting without Tears program and the Handwriting Helper teach letters that have no slant or very limited slant. This facilitates legible handwriting.

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