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Manuscript Letter Formation (Grades K-2)

An ongoing lesson where the student will develop their manuscript letters, spacing, and legibility.
Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator
20 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
40 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

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Next on Mon Aug 8

Meets Twice per week
Mo, Tu
10pm - 10:40pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
a. The Student will focus initially on learning the motor pattern rather than perfect legibility or size
The student will practice the consistent formation of letters using a continuous stroke if possible.
For children at the beginning stages of reading and spelling, integrate handwriting instruction with instruction in letter sounds.
The student will aim for speed as well as legibility.
The student will use written arrow cues to help children remember how to form letters
 As a dedicated special education teacher with experience in teaching children (birth-sixth grade) with special needs, preschoolers, and my children, I know that writing is an important skill. Writing, forming letters, connecting lines, and connecting it all together can be hard. I have worked with students who have limited fine motor skills, gross motor delays, or sensory or neurological delays, for over 20 years. In the public schools, I worked with occupational therapists to develop students' individual education plans in part, to help them learn to write, specifically to help them develop their eye-hand movements and give them a foundation for reading. I generally prefer to one on one or in small groups as much as possible.  This allows me to get to know the students and their needs.  Manuscript writing is a foundational skill for reading because it requires children to write from left to right, so that the letters will join in proper sequence and with proper spacing, making their writing easier to read. I also use aids, play-dough, small balls, and specialized materials that I have developed, with the help of occupational therapists, to help students to write. In my capacity as a specialized teacher, I have received training in a variety of established handwriting programs, i.e. Handwriting Without Teachers, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, D'Nealian, Draw, Write Now as well as reading curriculums with associated writing programs. This course will be based on techniques and skills that I found useful in helping students learn to write.
I would encourage the student to practice regularly but it is not required. 
 5 files available upon enrollment
Materials: playdough, two-gallon plastic bags that will seal at the top, scissors, ruler, markers, colored pencils, two-quart size bags that seal, pencil or pen with an eraser, markers, a light color high lighter, two pieces of heavy paper, colored paper, copy paper, and glue. I will provide a workbook, homework booklet, practice sheets, and other materials as necessary. Please print off the materials prior to each class and print off the homework booklet after each class. Each class will need at least 3 pieces of handwriting paper (I will send an attachment to be printed), a pencil, black marker at each lesson.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will conduct an informal assessment of the students as they progress. Please complete the following sheets that are attached for enrolled learners and send them to me before your first class. I will ask that the students will be asked to hold their work up to the camera so I can evaluate their work. 
1 hour 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Since we will be using scissors in class, parental guidance is encouraged to attend class.  In addition, the play-doh may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if ingested in those sensitive to wheat gluten or with Celiac disease. In addition, the student can use either glue or glue sticks, some students may need help with these and other materials that will be used in this class. All of the materials can be purchased at a discount store.
We will use the YouTube subscription for the OT Closet. I also use materials from the OT toolbox. 


Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator
Lives in the United States
Outschool Literacy Teacher
20 total reviews
34 completed classes

About Me

"Teaching is a process of learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn and develop new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies."
"Teaching comes from the heart!"

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