Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Handwriting Practice for Young Learners {review}

Channie's Visual Handwriting and Math workbooks, developed by Chan Bohacheff, offers a unique visual guide for helping children with handwriting.  The method offers a visual representation with vertical dotted lines and colored blocks in order to assist with proper letter formation, consistent sizing and spacing, and even punctuation.



We were given the opportunity to choose from a few interesting products, and I settled on the following to review:

Channie's Dry Erase Flashcard for Alphabet & Number

Channie's Dry Erase Flashcard for Sight Words

I have reviewed Channie's cursive handwriting in the past, so I was intrigued to try these dry erase cards aimed at a younger audience.  The specialized grids and green shade block help maintain uniform sizing of letters and straight printing.


Channie's Dry Erase Flashcard for Sight Words
I requested these cards because my six year old is still practicing her reading skills, and her reading curriculum actually recommends using dry erase boards before writing on paper, so these are a great supplement.  The cards are appropriate for children as young as three, but are ideal for beginning reader and writers.  The set includes 100 sight words, and the format allows children to read, trace and write the word.


 Although I have never used flash cards in the traditional drilling method, these particular cards are a valuable resource to her language arts curriculum.  Her curriculum actually shows how most "sight words" can be phonetically decoded, and she already knows quite a bit of these words or can "sound it out" so we jumped right in.



Not only does she read the word, she traces it, and then she can practice writing it using the guided grids.  There was a blank card so we could work on any other words as well, meaning she can use this for her Spelling List words if she wants to write them out, instead of spelling with letter tiles.




Channie's Dry Erase Flashcard for Alphabet & Number 
I chose these dry erase flashcards for my four year old!  She's always wanting to do school like the big kids, but she's not quite ready for formal learning.  These seemed like a good compromise.

The cards are designed for Pre-K through 1st grade, and contain 26 alphabet cards and 10 number cards.  The cards are color-coded, and include green for capitals, blue for lower case letters, and yellow for numbers.


The letter cards have a corresponding picture and word, so you can work on simple letter sounds.  The number cards have objects that allow for practicing counting.



Being four, and never having any formal handwriting practice at all, it has taken some time for my preschooler to figure out the whole "size and space" aspect of the grid, rather than just getting the shape of the letter/number, but she is making progress.



These have been a good option for her to have nearby while her siblings are doing school, especially when her big sister using the sight word cards.

What Did We Think?
These cards have been a great resource for both my four and six year old.  They love dry-erase markers, so it makes the chore of writing a little easier, especially for perfectionists.  The unique grid offer a helpful visual guide for spacing and letter formation.  The boards are sturdy and durable, and easily wipe clean, so I see them lasting awhile.  These are easy to use for independent work once the child has mastered the grid.  I'm pleased with this product, and think they are a great idea for preschool and early elementary classrooms and homeschoolers.

To learn more about Channie's, you can read my review of Easy Peasy Cursive, find Channie's online, or read more crew reviews.




Alphabet, Number & Sight Word Dry Erase, Neat Numbers & Page a Day 2 Didgit Multiplication. {Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math workbooks Reviews}

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