The best writing instruction happens when the foundation is solidly laid in place first. Before you start any writing lessons, make sure your students are reading and writing—handwriting, that is—
fluently. Have them read, read, and then read some more!
Reading teaches them to enjoy stories. Work on handwriting every day. Give them “copywork,” that is, have them
copy sentences first, full passages later on, from the best literature. Bible verses, classic storybooks—copying passages
will not only help your student practice handwriting, but it
will also teach him spelling and help him develop an ear for
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