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School-Rite Handwriting Instruction Guides & Activity Templates Review by Lisa Barthuly & Family

PO Box 12547
Fresno, CA 93778

School Rite has produced a series of handwriting guides and learning aids designed to help our youngest ones with beginning writing skills. The 'guides' are made of pliable plastic and they give little ones a chance see and 'feel' the letters, numbers and shapes they are learning to write. School Rite guides assist with coordinating the hand/eye movement, they also develop & build fine motor control. By 'forcing' the hand to lift where normal lift occurs in the handwriting sequence, they allow the child to correctly form the contour of each letter, number or shape.

The Giant Alphabet sets are 2 inch letters designed for the very beginner, learning letter identification and formation. The Manuscript/Transition and Cursive guides feature 1 inch letters on one single template that also show arrows, to enforce proper stroke sequence and the left to right sequence helps build skills toward reading readiness.

The Activity templates teach stroke sequence, and let little ones have fun creating shapes and designs. The 'Create a Clock' template has children designing a clock, while teaching them the correlation of the parts to time movement, and time identification skills. Suggested activities come with each template, but you can create tons of ideas, projects and uses on your own as well.

School-Rite guides are wonderful for young (as well as all ages) children, 'lefties', and special needs children. To view all their products, go to:

-- Product Review by : Lisa Barthuly & Family, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine