According to the BBC approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed. and here are some important tips on how you can help left-handers write neatly. Left-handed children can find skills more difficult because they cannot easily use some of the right-handed equipment they are given and they can become labelled as clumsy, awkward, or difficult. […]

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Why cursive handwriting matters? With computers emerging as the primary source for writing, many teachers feel teaching cursive writing is not necessary and is outdated. A large majority of teachers have come to believe the time would be better spent teaching keyboard skills. Many students and parents, however, believe that teaching cursive writing is still very […]

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  What is a pen licence? A pen licence is a formal recognition by a class teacher which grants permission to their pupil to use a pen once their handwriting is regarded as being of a good standard. Teachers believe that a child needs to reach a certain standard of pencil writing before being allowed […]

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  Being a qualified Occupational Therapist and working as a Dyslexia specialist with children experiencing specific learning disabilities, I found myself searching for a solution to the issue of messy handwriting. I work with children with Dyslexia and understand that handwriting struggles can be a significant concern for children, parents and teachers alike.  Handwriting difficulties can […]

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Why is good handwriting crucial? Handwriting is an essential skill for both children and adults and the importance of handwriting must never be underestimated. Children, students, teachers, lecturers, parents feel happy, confident and inspired by good handwriting skills and listed below are 10 reasons why good handwriting is the crucial?   1.Handwriting activates the brain […]

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Handwriting Teachers in the UK The art of handwriting must be taught and reinforced as much as possible, especially in the 21st century where phones, computers and Ipads are becoming such a common form of communication. It appears that we are at risk of losing the ability to write legibly and it is important for parents […]

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Studies have shown that older schoolchildren handwrite almost 50% of the time and younger children handwrite almost 90 % of the time so good handwriting is crucial! During a school day, children write in workbooks, make notes, fill in worksheets, write exam papers, write down their homework and also write texts. Handwriting is an integral […]

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What is Dysgraphia? In order to understand how to help children with dysgraphia, we must understand what dysgraphia is. Dysgraphia, according to the Oxford English dictionary, is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that does not affect general intelligence. Wikipedia describes […]

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Handwriting guru is on a mission – feature in the Ham and High – Family & Education Lee Dein of Magic Link is determined to transform the handwriting skills of kids in primary and secondary schools. A mother-of-four is on a mission to transform the handwriting skills of schoolchildren.  Lee Dein, who has been helping […]

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Does your child need a handwriting tutor?   by  Anna Maxted 13 APRIL 2017 • 7:00AM A flick through the writing book of my 10-year old renders me slate-faced for the duration of parents’ evening. His ‘penmanship’ – though it takes gall to call it that – is so appalling, it feels like a bad joke. His […]

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School handwriting skills cause concern in Oxfordshire schoolchildren Oxfordshire’s schoolchildren are falling behind with handwriting, according to county council report. It says Oxfordshire is in the bottom quarter of all local authorities for writing at Key Stage 2. A total of 68% of pupils met the expected standard, compared with 73% in England. The county […]

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How to improve handwriting in teenagers? It seems a common fact that many teenage, secondary pupils have bad handwriting. This could be because they may not have been taught how to write correctly or they may have been diagnosed as having dyspraxia, dyslexia or dysgraphia. Bad, messy handwriting often affects school work and grades. They […]

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1. The Magic Link Handwriting Programme can be used in both primary and secondary schools. This programme can be integrated into the school curriculum so the whole school can learn neat, cursive, joined-up handwriting. The non joined-up programme is for 5-year-olds, in year 1 and the cursive(joined-up) programme is for 6 – 18 years. 2. The programme […]

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              Poor handwriting may lead to anxiety & low-self esteem A study in 2014, found that anxiety is one of the most common causes of distress in children and young people in the classroom, affecting as many as one in five primary school children. (Anxiety UK, A Guide for Parents […]

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There are many advantage of using the Magic Link Handwriting Programme for home educated pupils. Many parents choose to teach their children at home instead of enrolling them and making them study within the formal setting of a public or private school. The Magic Link Handwriting Programme is extremely compatible with those pupils who are […]

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Handwriting is an important and often overlooked communication skill.   Having been qualified for more than 30 years as a SLT and dyslexia teacher I remain astonished that the skill of handwriting is neither taught nor even mentioned in speech and language therapy training. Teachers themselves are not, in the main, taught how to teach […]

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Sunday 21 February, 2016 THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE   Finding a cure for Poor Penmanship By Nadine Wojakovski, February 18, 2016 After teacher Lee Dein had seen hundreds of children of all ages struggle to write legibly, she felt compelled to seek a “cure” for bad handwriting once and for all. And she did. She […]

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What is an entry stroke? The skill of handwriting is a difficult process and I believe that the ‘entry stroke’ is unnecessary,  arduous to form and should be abolished! An entry stroke has many other names; It is also known as a ‘lead- in’, ‘initial flick’, ‘entry flick’, ‘in stroke’ ‘whoosh-in’ or ‘continuous cursive’.  This […]

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People often ask me whether I am able to improve handwriting. The simple is yes- with the help of a few key ingredients, Having great handwriting is essential for so many reasons, whether it’s a matter of self-esteem and confidence, or simply scoring a high mark in your upcoming exam! By following The Magic Link […]

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Good handwriting should be a component of school education. Currently, there is a clash between dependence on technology for assignments, and the requirement to write by hand in exams. We must always bear in mind that good handwriting is crucial to exam success. When it comes to learning new skills, the brain is adaptive; new […]

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