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"Sound the Trumpets" on electronic instruments (Kate's MIDI sequencing of SOUND THE TRUMPETS from COME YE SONS OF ART by 17th-century composer Henry Purcell)
Nan Died on January 5, 20016
Nan developed her teaching method during more than 20 years of experience working in elementary school classrooms and also tutoring/remediating older learners. Observing the motor skills of young children enabled Nan to formulate methods that allow children to write at maximum speed with maximum legibility.
Notes Nan, "If children learn to write with the most efficient movement possible for the human hand, little classroom time need go to penmanship in years when so many other activities demand attention. Handwriting can be individual, and a joy!"
To see and hear Nan Barchowsky at work, go to http://www.npr.org/atc and enter "Barchowsky" in the search-window. This will take you to the National Public Radio ALL THINGS CONSIDERED report on her work, complete with soundfile and photo-gallery links plus other informational links for handwriting help and handwriting news.
Her method of handwriting instruction is used at the Harford Day School in Bel Air, Maryland.
Mr. Jim Bennett, Chestnut Ridge, NY www.studioarts.net
This educator and artist curently teaches at the Waldorf School in New York City and plans to introduce italic writing in the lower grades at that school. He also developed a complete Italic handwriting curriculum for grades K through 5 for Wakefield School in Virginia. He is the author of Calligraphy for Dummies. He has a free online material to teach italic handwriting.
Ms. Gemma Black, telephone 6 /25877528, (Mobile: 015 488296) (e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org) (FAX available) 6 Waugh Close, Evatt, ACT, Australia 2617
Briem has an Internet site, at http://briem.net - the many fun and useful things on this site include ...
... twenty (yes, 20!) complete pages of instruction/examples/practice for teaching/improving handwriting, at http://briem.net/4/4.1.1a/18.104.22.168.quick.htm - these pages take a child or adult every step of the way from a beginner's scribble to a well-developed, mature, and simple handwriting style.
Other interesting/useful items (in various places on the site) include:
- trace-and-copy practice-exercises for lower-/upper-case letters & numerals
- good info on pen-hold, writers' cramp, & left-handedness
- some "motivational" stuff near the end (simple pictures/doodles which incorporate important handwriting-strokes & -rhythms)
Mrs. Jeannie Eller, 602/465-0437, The Reading Ranch, P.O. Box 4944 Cave Creek, AZ 65331 USA
When Jeannie Eller taught in a public school, she got into trouble with the administration because her special-education students were "achieving too fast" and "writing too well" - this fact meant that they would leave behind special-education classes "too fast" (causing the school to lose "too much" in Federal funds.)
Mrs. Barbara Getty Mrs. Inga Dubay Getty-Dubay Productions, Portland, OR USA
In fact, their work has appeared on CNN Cable Network News!
Mr. Christopher Jarman, email@example.com
Christopher Jarman has attained eminence as one of England's (and the world's) pre-eminent consultants/curriculum designers in the area of simpler handwriting. I highly recommend two of his recent works:
The Parents' Guide to Better Handwriting (a quick guide-and-troubleshooter booklet for parents, including some basic worksheets - order from NAPE (the National Association for Primary Education) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Development of Handwriting Skills (a comprehensive handwriting-program/handwriting-resource book with many "teaching tips," activities, and discussion of handwriting's history and the pro's and cons of its various styles) - for details on how to order, visit Christopher Jarman's web-site.
The same web-site also provides a couple of FREE handwriting-fonts to download (in PC/Wintel, Macintosh, or Acorn versions) and use in creating your own handwriting-worksheets and practice-materials, and also provides much useful basic info on our handwriting and what helps/harms it. The site's useful goodies include a list of "Twelve Rules for Good Handwriting" which apply to any handwriting style.
Christopher also did much of the work for a wonderful teach-yourself-better handwriting kit called the SIH Schools Pack
For further information on the kit and how to order it (yes, they take credit-cards), contact the Society's treasurer, Gordon Wratten, at email@example.com - Mr. Wratten can also tell you how to join the Society.
You will also probably enjoy the home-page (handwriting & more) of Chris's site, as well as his other web-site at http://www.argosphere.net/art.
Mr. Charles "Chuck" Lehman, 503/224-2770, 4116 SW Tualatin, Portland, OR 97201-1576 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Lehman, director emeritus of the Annual American Handwriting Competition (which later became the World Handwriting Contest) has conducted many research studies on handwriting, both alone and with associates. His research and teaching experience have probably made him the expert on the history of handwriting instruction in our civilization. Chuck's experience includes several decades of consultation/teaching on handwriting to individuals & school systems - for 20 years, he superintended the Tigard (Oregon) School District (now Tigard-Tualatin School District). During his time as superintendent, handwriting in the district's schools improved substantially as Chuck performed important controlled experiments to determine the best teaching of this skill. Chuck also assisted the research of the Getty/Dubay team during early stages in their development of the Italic Handwriting Program.
Mohan Ray, Institute of Healthy Handwriting, # 2327 Sector-22-C, Chandigarh 160022, India
Mrs. Jacqueline (Jaki) Svaren, 503/775-4082, 11182 SE Tyler Road, Portland, OR 97266 - email@example.com
Mrs. Svaren has observed the decline in educational standards (including handwriting standards) over a long and busy life as a calligrapher, a mom and a teacher. She blames the current decline in handwriting (as in much else) on laxness of standards: a careless assumption that "one's own way" or "the [apparently] easy way" is as good as the right way - also on the fact that most parents and teachers today have themselves never learned how to write properly by hand themselves. Therefore, they have NO chance of teaching their children how to do it!
Dr. Hans-Leo Teulings, phone: 480/ 350-9200. Neuroscript, Tempe, AZ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Though not a handwriting instructor, this final person on my list is a professional ergonomist who has given his life to the study of efficiency in handwriting movements. Also, he keeps a close look on how handwriting is taught around the world (many curricula abroad, as he has found, simply work a lot better than what is accepted in the USA - one he finds well worth study is the italic-based "Tuil Script Method" official these last 20 years in the Dutch city of Tuil: ask him for current contact information for its originator.) These qualifications make him of great value to any committee on handwriting instruction/improvement.
The Handwriting Repairwoman
165 N. Allen Street
Albany, NY 12206 USA
telephone: 1 518 482 6763