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How to Read: Handwriting

Watch more How to Teach Your Child to Read videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn why handwriting is critical to reading with this how to read lesson. Expert: Anne Glass Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I'm a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and learning specialist, I'm also a parent and today I'm going to talk to you about topics in reading Instruction in handwriting used to be an important part of kindergarten and first grade curriculum and even for older students as well. Unfortunately, it's somewhat of a lost art now and we encourage our children at a very young age to experiment with writing on paper. We support and honor inventive spelling. If children know the motor plans for the letters that they want to write, then they're going to be much more able to access the letters and the letter sounds to spell the words that they want to put down on paper. If the motor plans are automatic and they know them well, then they're going to be able to make the connection from the content in their minds to the words on the paper. Handwriting practice is also critical for reinforcing knowledge of letter names and sounds. When you can learn a concept through multisensory means - and handwriting would be putting something in muscle memory, having the tactile feedback of the pencil on the paper while you say the letter name, while you practice the letter sound - all of those concepts and all of that knowledge is going to be much more secure, and your child is going to become more fluid and automatic at the word-level sooner. And that word-level automaticity is really foundational to acquiring later reading skills and becoming a good, fluent reader who can construct meaning from text.
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