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A Blackboard Approach to Handwriting

on December 28, 2011

Handwriting Without Tears explains the benefit of blackboard practice and the Wet-Dry-Try process before using paper and pencil.

Q: Why do you use slates and blackboards instead of dry-erase boards? I use your blackboard and like it, but am often asked about dry-erase boards.

A: The multisensory feedback from slates and blackboards is excellent for young children. You can actually feel the movement of the chalk on the slate, which improves the learning experience. Dry-erase options don’t provide this tactile feedback.

You can adjust the size of chalk to improve a child’s grip. Dry-erase markers are large and chunky. Children often grip them incorrectly with a fisted grip or a thumb wrap to compensate for the size challenge.

Writing with chalk on a slate creates resistance and slows the movement of the chalk. It takes more motor control (something young children simply do not have) to write on dry-erase than on slate chalkboards since the markers on a dry-erase board move quickly with little resistance.

The frame of the Slate helps to prevent and eliminate reversals of capitals and numbers. Similarly, the placement of the lines on the Blackboard is appropriate for learning lowercase letter formation and placement in print or in cursive.

Children learn best when engaging in fun, repetitive activities. Repetition builds memory. With the Slate and Blackboard, you can get several repetitions of correct letter formation using the Wet-Dry-Try process (scroll down on this link to find the video).

Sounds good to me! Shall we try it?

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