Monitoring Handwriting

Teaching Reading

Handwriting Books

Adult Literacy - practice

The following exercises are for beginners who are unfamiliar with the Roman Alphabet

Basic Handwriting

Handwriting: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08

Basic Reading

Reading: 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Basic Spelling & Phonology

Spelling & Phonics: 16 | 17

Guidance for Teachers

Designing handwriting practice materials for your learners

The Handwriting Worksheet Maker website is a useful way of providing copying practice templates with ruled lines. You can tailor these through selection of words and phrases to meet the needs of your learners. An obvious choice would be to include their names.

There is also a section called Quick Worksheet Maker where you can input just the learner's name or a short phrase such as "the quick brown fox".

Another useful practice site is Basic Handwriting for Kids.

Embedding handwriting fonts into JPG images to use on websites

You can also download two useful handwriting fonts: JARMAN [DOWNLOAD] and JARDOTTY [DOWNLOAD] as non-commercial freeware.

I used the JARMAN font on this website to produce the handwriting practice exercises:

The JARDOTTY font allows learners to trace texts by joining up the dots.

These fonts will work under both Windows and Mac operating systems (i.e. in Microsoft Word or Pages) if you manage to move the downloaded fonts into the appropriate font folders.

To get them to display on a website, you need to embed your JARMAN or JARDOTTY as a layer of TEXT within a GRAPHIC IMAGE.

To do this, choose FILE and NEW within a graphics application such as Adobe's Photoshop Elements. The default setting is usually a white background. Set the WIDTH as 9 inches, the HEIGHT as 0.5 inches and the RESOLUTION at 72 dots per inch. This will give you a white strip i.e. a graphic image into which you can embed a layer of text. Select the TEXT icon and set your handwriting Fonts (e.g. Jarman 30 point or Jardotty 24 point) within the graphics application where your white strip is displayed. Add just one line of text. Select 'FILE' and 'Save for Web' and save as a low-quality JPG file.

To produce the graphic content for a handwriting web page which will print onto a single sheet of A4, you will need no more than seven of these strips or graphic images, each with one line of text (in your handwriting font) embedded.

7 lines of text is quite enough to occupy learners in need of basic handwriting practice for a good session.


Monitoring Handwriting

Teaching Reading

Handwriting Books