**** New version now has US letters too ****
Welcome to a new way of learning cursive handwriting, combining music, images and interactive fun.
Cursive handwriting is now included in the school curriculum and serves as an effective way for children to learn to form letters in a flowing manner. Every letter starts at the bottom and so will effectively join up with the letter either side of it to form ‘joined up handwriting’. Our app has been designed by an actual UK school teacher to support the curriculum and ensure learning cursive handwriting is made both easy and fun, so let’s learn a little more about how and why?
To secure learning to the brain, children need to make links between what they hear, see and do. We call this ‘auditory learning’, ‘visual learning’ and ‘kinaesthetic learning’. This means being able to hear something, see something and do something to help remember it. Children also need to find learning fun and enjoyable to become confident, capable learners.
Our app combines all of these elements together in a new, child friendly and exciting way. Children are learning to form each cursive letter by hearing the songs (or spoken rhymes), linking the shapes of the letters to a common fun image and actually tracing them with their fingers. Children can enjoy our cursive handwriting techniques by recalling how to form each letter from their auditory memory as well as their visual memory. That means by singing through the song or reciting the rhymes as they form each letter. The letters are formed into 7 exciting groups and we have designed fun images and musical jingles to bring each set to life. These jingles have been created to link together what is being heard musically to what is being drawn.
Some children may find cursive handwriting difficult because of the development of their finger strength to hold and control a pen or pencil effectively. Our app enables all children to learn their handwriting letter formation simply by tracing over and following the letters with their fingers, or drawing them in the air as they sing along. Then, once their fingers are ready and their pencil control developed, they already know how to form their letters correctly. This is much easier and better for their confidence and self-esteem than continually tracing over or copying letters with a pencil before their hand control is ready. To be able to “know which way to go” children benefit from an adult instructing them as they write. Our jingles sing this in a fun and stimulating way so that the children learn to ‘sing’ the letters for themselves as they write! Our jingles cleverly match both the style of the letter and the direction of movement and the look and feel of the app are designed to be positive, rewarding, familiar, warm and welcoming to children.
Our letters are introduced by their letter name followed by the sound that they make within words. It is important for children to learn both of these as they will need to know the letter sounds for reading and writing words. Our collection has been designed to support phonics progression as encouraged by many schools throughout the United Kingdom and USA.
So, let your child relax and enjoy the songs as they trace the letters with their fingers.
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