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Advancing Reading Skills Through Handwriting Instruction

Monday, February 12, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Advancing Reading Skills Through Handwriting Instruction

Presented by Dr. Cheryl Lundy Swift, Professional Learning Director, Learning Without Tears; and Christina Bretz, DOT, MS, OTR/L, Sr. Internal Learning Manager, Learning Without Tears

Sponsored by Learning Without Tears

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There are several research studies that indicate that explicit handwriting instruction and handwriting practice have many educational benefits. Specifically, children who learn to form letters properly have more success reading and spelling than those who do not receive instruction and practice. When students learn to form letters while learning letter-sound correspondences, the reading circuits in the brain that promote literacy are activated.

During this engaging and informative edWebinar, educators learn practical strategies to integrate handwriting to build overall literacy skills for Pre-K through sixth-grade students. Viewers:

  • Explore the research connecting handwriting and reading
  • Discover the connections between the Reading and Writing Ropes
  • Examine practical strategies to integrate and leverage explicit handwriting instruction that reinforces decoding and encoding skills and other integral foundational literacy skills

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-6 teachers.

Cheryl Lundy Swift

About the Presenters

Dr. Cheryl Lundy Swift has been a dedicated and innovative educator for over 25 years. Cheryl currently serves as Learning Without Tears’ Professional Learning Director where she leads the curation of professional learning experiences for teachers and school leaders worldwide.

Christina Bretz

Christina Bretz is an occupational therapist from Lexington, KY. She has extensive pediatric experience providing services to children in school settings, early intervention, home health care, and private tutoring. Christina began working for Learning Without Tears in 2002 and currently works as the Senior Internal Learning Manager.

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Learning Without TearsLearning Without Tears’ mission in today’s changing learning landscape is to ensure that the path to student success remains simple and fun. We provide child-friendly, hands-on, innovative instruction for early learning, handwriting, keyboarding, and writing strategies, and our programs reach more than 31 million students in Pre-K through fifth grade.


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