Do you have children interested in space and wish to become an astronaut?
Do you need to teach older children to write legible, fluent, clearly formed cursive letters?
This resource combines teaching children about Space with cursive letter writing practice. It asks a child to:
• Trace, copy and write the alphabet
• Complete an application form to be an astronaut.
• Complete an id badge and medical badge
• Draw a picture of their astronaut suite
• Plan a 7 step checklist for their moonwalk
• Write a tweet home about their time in space
• Write a short story with guidance on beginning, middle and end
• Write a short story with a thesaurus prompt for those who use the same word repeatedly
The children think they are learning about how to become an astronaut by writing words, sentences and short stories. They are in fact… developing their joined up writing skills by drawing letter formations, copying key facts, writing sentences and developing their comprehension skills when writing their story on the lined paper.
It helps children in Years 3 to 6, meeting the UK curriculum needs of Key Stage 1, Lower KS 2 and Upper KS2 to develop:
• Letter formations and joins
• Establishing handwriting movement patterns
• Starting and finishing points
• The correct direction to follow
• The number of strokes involved to produce a letter
• Size and spacing of letters
It uses an award winning writing font teaching children where to start, which direction to write and where to stop. This is particularly useful for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and for those who are slow writers.
Created by myself, I use occupational therapy techniques to improve a child’s writing throughout the pack by using a developmental process.
The best bit is that they have no idea how much this resource is improving their handwriting as they are interested in learning more space and how to become an astronaut. I use it and I know it works. When I have used it a child’s imagination banishes their fear for writing. One child suggested alien snacks was a need on his 7 point checklist for the moon walk.
You do not need to think of anything as it has been done for you!
Just print out and use. There are 18 pages of worksheets and guidance notes.
Suitable to whole class, small groups and 1 to 1 sessions.
About Help with Handwriting:
This resource has been designed by myself, Sheilagh Blyth, using over 20 years of school-based occupational therapy experience and the latest handwriting research. It is suitable for all children in your class including those with special educational needs.
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