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Old 07-30-2010, 05:41 AM
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Handwriting with sky, grass, ground?

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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Old 07-30-2010, 05:53 AM
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I've never heard of it but it sounds interesting. Have you Googled it?
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:55 AM
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Wilson's Fundations reading program uses those terms.

(How to form letters)

(The paper)

(The program)
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:58 AM
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HS English & Psych, Adjunct too
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:00 AM
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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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Old 07-30-2010, 06:37 AM
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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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Old 07-30-2010, 06:59 AM
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Frog Street Press has some really cute writing paper with a cloud at the top line and a flower at the bottom line.

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Old 07-30-2010, 07:35 AM
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I've always heard it as attic, main floor, basement
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:36 AM
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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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Old 07-30-2010, 08:23 AM
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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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