Sunday, September 19, 2010 0 comments

2010 Summer Camps Recap

The Write Now Summer 2010 Handwriting Camp is now over! This year we had two very successful camps: Wii™ Write Together camp and Printing 101 combined with Visual Motor Adventures camp. Both camps were full of fine motor, visual motor, and sensory motor activities. Our Wii™ Write Together camp focused on solidifying correct cursive letter formation while working on speed and accuracy. Of course, the Wii™ was utilized to provide motivation. Mary Benbow’s Loops and Other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System and Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies were utilized. This kinesthetic approach involved grouping lower case letters into 4 fundamental forms. This approach truly engaged the children while allow them to retain information.

In the Printing 101 combined with Visual Motor Adventure Camp, we addressed pencil grasp development and letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies. We had beginner printers and students who have difficulty with sequencing letters, writing within handwriting spaces, and/or with forming letters attend this camp. No matter what the skill level was at the beginning of camp, all students completed the week with improved letter formation. The Handwriting Without Tears "Wet-Dry-Try" Method was used to build the child's automatic learning of each letter. They also enjoyed forming the letters in a variety of media, such as shaving cream, sand, and sidewalk chalk. Fine motor activities, like clothespins and pegboard activities were used to improve finger strength thus changing pencil grasp. In addition, all students were given a fine motor activity kit to use at home to continue strengthening exercises at home.

Fall session will begin in October. Please call to enroll today.

Friday, September 10, 2010 0 comments

Testimonial from Summer Camp

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- 4 grade boy, in Wii Write Together Camp

"...seem more comfortable, and eager to learn. She really enjoyed the camp and did not want to leave." - mother of a 4 year old girl, in Printing 101 Camp

"I have seen a marked improvement in her handwriting." - mother of a 1st grade girl, in Printing 101 Camp

"I was very pleased with the services given by Mrs. Reid! The lessons and objectives were clear and my daughter enjoyed coming." - mother of a 1st grade girl, in Priting 101 Camp

"Thanks so much for taking ... on as one of your clients. You have inspired him to be a better handwriter and student. We feel very blessed to have met you. The skill set you are providing ... with is without measure and I am eternally grateful! He loves your camp concept! You poise, demeauor and professionalism are treasured..." - mother of a 5th grade boy, in Wii Write Together Camp


Sunday, May 2, 2010 0 comments

2010 Summer Camps

              2010 Summer Camps           

July 19 to August 6, 2010

Campers will experience a fun, engaging, multi-sensory method to learn the fundamentals of handwriting. Proper handwriting is essential to succeed in school. Our goal is to equip children with the necessary tools to write with confidence and ease. The end result is better academic performance. A wide range of methods will be used to obtain this goal of good handwriting habits and skills to an automatic level.

Printing 101:This camp emphasizes pencil grasp development, letter formation using the award winning Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies. This class is for beginner printers and for students who have difficulty with sequencing letters, writing within handwriting spaces, and/or with forming letters.  This is a three-hour a day class for 8 sessions. The cost is $325, which includes the camp cost, initial assessment, workbook/material fees, plus a free private follow-up review session. Date: 7.19, 7.20, 7.21, 7.22, 7.26, 7.27, 7.28, & 7.29. Time: 9am to 12pm

Number Reversal Class: This camp is specially geared to correct number reversal in one short session. Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies will be used to obtain this goal.  This is a two-hour class. The cost is $50, which includes the camp cost, material fees, plus a parent training session. Date: 7.30 Time: 10am to 12pm

Sentence Adventures: Uses Handwriting Without Tears’ Sentence School™ curriculum to teach vocabulary, grammar, and sentence construction. This class is designed to introduce kindergarten children these skills. Hands on multi-sensory lessons and activities will be used to engage the children. This will be a 1.5-hour class for 8 sessions. The cost is $200, which includes the camp cost, initial assessment, and material fees. Dates: 7.20, 7.22, 7.27, 7.29, 8.3, 8.5, 8.10, & 8.12 Time: 3:30pm to 5pm

Visual Motor Adventures: This camp works on visual motor readiness!  Children will work on drawing a person and shapes. Students will work on coloring, to strengthen manipulation of a pencil while improving pencil/crayon control.  Scissor skills will also be addressed in this camp.  Students must be able to focus while participating in a small group.  A visual motor screening will be performed both pre and post the camp session. This class is ideal for preschoolers to 1st graders who have difficulty with visual motor type activities.  This will be a 1.5-hour class for 4 sessions. The cost is $150, which includes the camp cost, initial assessment, material fees and a fine motor/visual motor kit for use at home. Dates: 7.20, 7.22, 7.27, & 7.29. Time: 1pm to 2:30

Cursive 101: This camp teaches cursive letters formation using Mary Benbow, MS, OTR/L’s Loops and Other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System. Letters are taught in groups that share common movement patterns. Easy-to-remember motor and memory cues help the children visualize and verbalize while they experience the “feel” of the letter. Lower case letters will only be addressed in this camp. This is a 3-hour a day class for 6 sessions. The cost is $275, which includes the camp cost, initial assessment, workbook/material fees, plus a free follow-up review session. Dates: 7.19, 7.21, 7.23, 7.26, 7.28, & 7.30. Time: 1pm to 4pm

Wii TM Write Together: This camp is a one-week camp geared to solidifying correct letter formation, while working on speed and accuracy with both printing and cursive handwriting. The Wii™  will be utilized to improve eye-hand coordination and provide motivation for writing. Mary Benbow’s Loops and Other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System and Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum and multi-sensory strategies will be utilized. This is a 5-hour a day class for 5 sessions. The cost is $325, which includes the camp cost, workbook/material fees plus a free follow-up review session.  This camp also provides extended hours, before and after camp.  Dates: 8.2 to 8.6 Time: 10am to 3pm

The registration deadline is July 2, 2010.  Camps will be held at my home office in the North Kenwood Area of Chicago, just minutes from the Hyde Park. Please call to schedule specific times and dates.  Saturday classes are available upon request with camp under 2 hours in length. Private individual sessions are on going during summer. Please call for availability. Sibling discount and multiple class reduce rates are also available.

Sunday, April 11, 2010 1 comments

More Before & After


The above handwriting sample is from a 9 year old boy diagnosed with Autism.  With the use of Mary Below's Loops and Other Groups and Handwriting Without Tears curricula. He was able to quickly master both lower and upper case cursive letters within 8 individual sessions and 5 group sessions.
 

The above sample is from a 6 year old boy. During his initial evaluation, recurring magic "c" errors were noted, in letter such as "d","g","a","o","Q", and "G". Errors with start point during letter formation were also noted. Both these errors were addressed during his first session, as a result significant improvement was noted, as seen below at the end of his first session.

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Before and After


The above handwriting sample is from a 5 year old girl. Upon her initial evaluation, she was not able to identify her letters or write them. After 7 sessions, she is now able to identify all of her letters and able to print them as well, as noted in the above sample.



 

 
The above sample is from a 10 year old boy.  Both print and cursive handwriting were addressed in individual sessions. After 16 sessions, significant improvement noted in letter formations, spacing, placement, and mostly confidence.  

 
The above handwriting sample is from a 5 year old boy's initial handwriting evaluation. After 12 individual sessions, he has demonstrated more control and better letter formation of his capital letters, as noted in the below sample.  We are currently addressing lower case letters in order to have him ready to begin kindergarten in the fall.

 
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 0 comments

Summer Camp

As spring comes in, I have begun my plans for the 2010 WriteNow's Handwriting Summer camp.  I plan on offering two camps, a one week camp geared to solidifying correct letter formation, while working on speed and accuracy.  To help with motivation the wii will be utilized to improve eye-hand coordination while providing a reward system.  I also plan on offering a camp to teach new skills to kids who want to get a jumpstart on the handwriting for the next school. If these camps or individual sessions are in your plans for the summer please contact me, as I currently am in the process of picking dates and times for the camps. Currently camps are scheduled for mid July and early August with a free review day the week before school starts.  Looking forward to talking with both old and new clients regarding summer sessions.    
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 0 comments

Winter session is in full swing

Greetings, everyone!  I hope everyone is staying warm and inspired during this winter season. We made many strides over the past months with our handwriting students.  The focus of the fall was on individual sessions, regarding print and cursive skills.  Our youngsters ranged from 3 to 12 years of age; there was something for every age group!  My youngest student worked on forming letters from wood pieces and playdoh.  With repetition, she was able to independently form a letter using a crayon for the first time.  Other children benefited from Handwriting Without Tears Mat Man activity, and were able to draw a person with greater details.  My cursive clients have all mastered lower case letter formation, and are moving on to improve speed and accuracy.  We are honing in on capital cursive letter forms!  Overall, all kids are writing their letters accurately on the line with the appropriate size according to age.  I look forward to continuing individual services for these and more children in the future.  Have a blessed 2010!

 
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