Handwriting with sky, grass, ground?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    I'm going to do a bad job explaining this because I don't really know what I'm talking about, but does anyone use the handwriting system where you refer to the lines as the sky, the ground, etc? A few of my students mentioned it last year, because their kindergarten readiness teacher used it.

    If you know what I'm talking about, can you tell me more about it or what it is called (if it has a name)? Does it actually work for kids?
     
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    I've never heard of it but it sounds interesting. Have you Googled it?
     
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    I've never heard of it. The handwriting book I use has a little picture of a cat. The lines are head, body and tail so a capital is always a head and body letter, and 'g' would be a body and tail letter.
     
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    I don't know of anything official but our Pre-K teachers teach it that way. The tops of the letters touch the sky and the bottoms are on the ground-they know their letters shouldn't be "flying". :)
     
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    I've always heard it as attic, main floor, basement
     
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    Is it ABC Boom? A few of my kids that went to the OT last year used that program.... I know I heard about the same thing, but I can't remember if it was from the OT/kids or if it was from here.
     
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    A teacher that I observed used giraffe, chicken, and monkey for the letters. Giraffe letters extend above the dotted line, chicken letters are too scared to extend above the dotted line or the bottom line, and monkey letters swing below the bottom line.
     
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    I like the animal references..
     
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    I know this- I have the paper listed on Sprout and I just found some cute posters a teacher had made showing how the letters are formed with it. I'm on my phone right now-I'll post the name when I get home!
     
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    the frog street press is what I thought of too. I used it last year and it was sky-line, fence-line, grass-line and then any letters that go under that are at the "roots".
     
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    It is frog street. I have a DVD that explains each leter with a short song. "Apple Annie Cathy Cook" Then Mr. Pencil comes on and explains how to write each letter using sky, fence, and ground. I like using this because it catches some of my visual and musical learners.It also goes over all words in the song that start with the particular letter you are studying. You can also buy the paper for students to practice on. I think there is also a cd.
     

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