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Handwriting


Early Elementary

The Early Elementary uses a combination of Handwriting Without Tears and the D’Nealian system of handwriting. Teachers emphasize the development of fine motor skills through a variety of hands-on activities. We begin to explore correct letter formation and strategies for efficient handwriting practices. Stroke patterns are taught in a multi-sensory format.

1-2 Program

UCDS uses a combination of Handwriting Without Tears and the D’Nealian system of handwriting including print and cursive. At the 1-2 level, teachers emphasize the development of fine motor skills, correct letter formation and strategies for efficient handwriting practices. Stroke patterns are taught in a multi-sensory format where students see-it, hear-it, say-it and write-it. When students are ready for the next step, we teach cursive.

3-4-5 Program

Cursive handwriting is taught at the elementary level. Stroke patterns are taught and practiced in a format that provides short, regular practice. Both in formal handwriting sessions and when working individually with students, teachers provide multiple strategies for practicing cursive handwriting.