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Handwriting Club

Quick activities and games that you can dip in and out of

 to support your child with pencil grip and letter formation. 

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Getting your child to write at home can be challenging. I am here to help!

The Handwriting Club is full of hands-on activities ideas and tips to help your child hold a pencil correctly and write legibly. 

Created by a teacher and mother, these easy-to-follow activities are fun and engaging to encourage even the most reluctant writer! Every week I will share videos where I discuss topics and share tips covering letter reversals, left-handed writers, pencil grip and much more so you know how to support your child. 

The letters are split into four-letter families. Every month, I will walk you through a movement that will help your child form the letters in that family. Grouping the letters according to the movement required to form them helps prevent letter reversals. New activities will be added each week, which will focus on the letter family. Once your child is able to form their letters they will become a more fluent writer, enabling them to focus on the quality and quantity of their writing.

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Why did you create Handwriting Club?

My youngest is beginning to write but sometimes it is tricky to read his writing. He forms some letters incorrectly, reverses others and often misses out finger spaces.

Having taught Reception, Year 1 and Year 2,  I wanted to use my experience to support him at home. 

After a few weeks of trying out some of the activities, his teacher asked if we had been working on letter formation at home because she has seen an improvement in his handwriting and confidence when writing. When I mentioned this to him, he said no we hadn't. We actually had, but he just hadn't realised that all of the games and activities we had been playing were to develop his handwriting!

I knew that Handwriting Club needed to be fun and easy to dip in and out of because we all have so many other things that we need to do too! I can't wait to share the activities with you. 



How much does it cost to join Handwriting Club?

Handwriting Club is part of the Mini Writers Club subscription which is £10 per month. You also get access to the Pre-Writers Club, Pre-Readers Club, Summer Camp and Phonics Camp. You can join for as little or as long as your like and can cancel at any time. 

What is the format of the content?

The activities are available as written posts on the website or the app. On the app, you can mark when you have done an activity so you can keep track and easily see the ones you haven't tried. You can dip in and out and work through the activities at your own pace. New activities will be added each week.

There is also a Facebook group and Instagram page available for MWC members to follow. 


Short videos will be added each week to discuss different topics and FAQs that arise in the Facebook group. 

What age is Handwriting Club for?

Children that have started to learn what letters look like and are beginning to write them. It is also suitable for children that can write but whose letters are inconsistent in shape, size or formed incorrectly. It is aimed at children in Reception and above.

If your child hasn't started to learn letters yet, check out the Pre-Writers Club which contains lots of activities to get your child's hands ready to write.

What style of writing is covered?

Handwriting Club focuses on print as shown in the example below.

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The Department for Education (DfE) said in their guidance that ‘All resources designed for children to read should be in print’.  It is important that children learn to form the letters correctly and consistently before learning to join. If children are able to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place there is no need to add lead in strokes. Adding lead-in strokes as seen in the pre-cursive style can make it more difficult for emerging writers, who often go back and add the flicks after they have written the letters! 

Some schools still teach pre-cursive so I will share some ways to adapt the letter formation phrases to support your child. 

I'm Anna and I have a degree in Primary Education and 15 years of teaching experience. During lockdown, I became a teacher to my own two children (which is much harder!) and shared the learning we did together on my Instagram account which has grown to over 49K followers.

I set up Mini Writers Club to share activities, tips and resources to help you support your child at home with phonics, reading and writing.

When I'm not busy working on Mini Writers Club, you can find me playing with our kittens or trying to get on top of the laundry!

About Me

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