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Teaching Children Handwriting, by Audrey McAllen


Teaching Children Handwriting, by Audrey McAllen

Teaching Children Handwriting is not just another book about teaching block printing and cursive script. It is a reference for the whole language arts curriculum for the first three grades and beyond. It begins with the young child's orientation in space and presents written language in the context of the development of human consciousness. With practical suggestions for activities, posture, choice of writing instruments, and much more, it also gives helpful insights into learning difficulties that can be seen through writing. Teaching Children Handwriting offers guidance and encouragement; it is a real treasure for all who love the written word.


  • The Relationship of the Three Dimensions of Space to the Growing Child
  • The Alphabet and Writing as a Picture of the Development of Human Consciousness
  • The Preparation for Writing
  • Teaching the Letters as Pictures
  • Reading Your Own Handwriting
  • Oh, Spelling! Writing Difficulties
Audrey McAllen has devoted her life to teaching in Waldorf (Steiner) schools, both as a class teacher and as a practicing teacher and lecturer in the area of special education needs. In this field, she pioneered an approach, based on indications by Rudolf Steiner and the principles of Waldorf education, for helping children with difficulties in writing, reading, and arithmetic; she has described these exercises in her book The Extra Lesson. As a result of her work, there is now a growing number of specialist teacher trainings around the world offering this approach in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.