Tuesday, 18 July 2017

9 Marks of Writing Readiness

pre-Writing skills

Children at the age of five are not all expected to be great writers from the start of school. Over the years I have found that many students enter first year (kindergarten) not knowing what letters are far less to even make a significant mark or representation on a page. Many others write marks that look like the target letters but a closer look reveals either incorrect formation, poor pencil grip or an incorrect writing posture.

What Does A "Good" Pencil Grip Look  Like?

These are the four (4) pencil grasps that are ideal for functional writing. Note the relative positions of the index (1), middle finger (2), thumb (3) and the ring finger (4).

handwriting finger position, nicadez

Position of Paper For Lefties

Left-handed learners should be taught to tilt their paper in a clockwise direction so that the bottom corner is a little to the left of the learner's midline up to 35 degrees. The greater the angle the less efficient the writing. The right hand should be used to steady the paper on the right above the writing.



Position of Paper For Righties

For the right-handed learner, the paper should be placed either level with the edge of the table or slanting slightly upwards at an angle of about 15 degrees. The upper left-hand corner of the paper should be to the left of the learner’s midline.


 There are nine (9) marks that students should master before they are developmentally ready to begin handwriting instruction. They must be able to independently copy these lines which are pre-requisite strokes for alphabet writing.

1. The Vertical Line




2. The Horizontal Line



This includes different types of lines: zig zag, curves, waves, etc.

3. The Circle



4. The Cross



5. Down Left Diagonal



6. The Square

7. Down Right Diagonal



8. Oblique Cross

9. The Triangle


It is the belief of experts that if formal writing instruction is attempted before a learner is developmentally ready, frustration and the development of bad habits sets in. Ultimately, the whole idea of writing readiness is much more important for a child's self-esteem and academic performance.




Monday, 26 June 2017

How to Print Poster Size

Printing posters, nicadez
I must say that I took it for granted that everyone knows how to print a pdf document file poster size. It recently dawned on me that it would be a great idea to do a little tutorial for the benefit of people who don't really know how it is done. Now, I am more familiar with adobe reader so naturally that is what I am using today for the tutorial. Here goes...!


First, be sure to open your file using adobe reader then select the page you wish to print poster-size. I selected a page from my Good Writing Matters - 23 Colored Posters for Writing Centers for this tutorial.

Then you will need to change the page size to Poster (See illustration below).

How to print poster size in Adobe Reader


The dotted lines in the preview pane show you the points at which the pages will connect when assembling. The grid formed also shows you the number of pages that would be required to make up that poster. In this case, I would be printing 6 pages to make this poster.

Next you will need to change the Tile Scale to 200%This will give you a much larger poster (25.5 x 22 inches) (See illustration below). You can also toggle with the overlap option (default .005) which controls the size of the overlap which is actually where you would be sticking.

How to print poster size in Adobe Reader


There! That's how I print my resources poster size from my Adobe Reader software. Hope this was very helpful for you!



Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Opinion Writing (OREO Method) Graphic Organizers and More



Students need lots of examples and practice before they can write their own opinionOREO Opinion writing is a fun and engaging way for students to express their thoughts and voice their opinion effectively about anything. This is a great teaching resource to use when teaching your students about opinion writing since the OREO acronym can help them remember what they need to put in the paragraph(s) of their opinion pieces. The OREO acronym stands for:
O - Opinion (Clearly Stated)
R - Reasons for your Opinion
E - Examples that Explain/Support Your Opinion
O - Opinion Restated


This resource contains posters, graphic organizers and worksheets for your students to get much needed practice when teaching persuasive writing skills.

Contents

It's My Oreo Poster (colored)
It's My Oreo Poster (b+w)
4 OREO Graphic Organizers (colored)
4 OREO Graphic Organizers (b+w)
2 OREO Poster Graphic Organizer (colored and b+w)
Opinion Writing vs Persuasive Writing Anchor Chart
Fact vs Opinion Anchor Chart
35 OREO themed "Which Would You Rather?" worksheets
35 extended writing sheets


If you are interested in this resource you can purchase them at the following online stores:

Teachers Pay Teachers
Tes Resources
Teachers Notebook
Educents



Monday, 22 May 2017

Picture Writing Prompts with Sequencing Cards for Daily Writing


These picture writing prompts with sequencing cards are great for young writers who need more support in early writing. Your students get an opportunity to use their visual discrimination skills to help them pay attention to details in pictures. They may choose to order the cards first (ORDER TO WRITE) or another option is to complete the writing sheets then order the cards (WRITE TO ORDER). Ultimately they will be writing sentences about the pictures given. They also get to color their pictures and sequence the sheets to create their own little book as a keepsake. Simply print the page/s and review the directions with them. Encourage them to write one or two sentences that describe the picture on any given sheet. I also included a blank writing sheet for extended writing should it be necessary. The sheets are great for homework or small group work in which case they can each be given a different page to prepare a group book instead.The picture cards can be laminated and sequenced first and the sheets can be ordered accordingly to match them. I included little circles on the cards where students can write the number in the sequence with dry erase markers. Individually, your students can work on one writing scenario at a time.

The writing scenarios are:-

Getting ready for school
Getting ready for bed
Washing my hands
Packing a lunch
Making Jelly Toast
Crossing the street
At Lunchtime
Setting the table
Washing the dishes
Starting the School Day
Making my Breakfast
Cleaning my bedroom


If you are interested in this resource you can find at the following links:

Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Tes Resources
Educents
Teachers Notebook



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Rights and Responsibilities of a Child Posters and Notebook Sheets



Just like adults, children also have rights and responsibilities that come with them. These printables highlight 12 of the rights and responsibilities explained in the UN Charter. I created these posters with kid-friendly graphics and simple sentences to make a clear distinction between both terms. There are 12 Rights and Responsibilities that come in black and white and color. These posters work well as notebook pages or anchor charts for social studies or character education lessons. I included mini version for you to use as reading cards also. This set works well with Children’s Day which is recognised on various days in many places around the world, with Universal Children’s day celebrations or it can be used all year round to enhance social skills. If you might be interested in these beautiful posters and more then check out any of my stores at the links below:

TES Resources

Teachers Notebook

Teachers Pay Teachers

Educents



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