StartWrite 6.0 Handwriting Worksheet Software Review + Giveaway
***My Personal Review***
This is an absolutely awesome program from what I have seen so far. I have a daughter with Williams syndrome, she is 7 but developmentally she is very behind. She is just learning how to draw shapes and recognize letters/numbers but very soon she will be starting to write. This program will help her learn how to write ... now I know that sounds crazy - I mean how can a PROGRAM on a computer screen teach a child how to write? Well it is NOT just on the screen - you can prepare writing pages in the program and print them out OR they can use it on screen to see it in action. It has the option of making borders on your pages for boys or girls! How awesome is that?
So you can make a sheet with the words you want them to learn (or phrases) and on the rest of the page you can have the boxes for the children to copy what you want them to write :) So they get to see the cute border and then just like the papers they use at school they get to write it themselves.
You can customize this to whatever text you want - I started with Dog and Cat and then used My name is Abby for my daughter. But to show that there are options for the boys too I tried jets for the border :) This does work best if you have a color printer - but if you don't have one you can make tons of sheets, save them and send them to your local printer! And besides that the paper these will print on is much more sturdy than the writing papers they use at the school. But you can coordinate with your childs teacher and find out what they are working on, then customize the pages to help them at home with the same thing they are working on at school.
The best part of this program to me is that it has the option of putting little "arrows" on the letters, which will help the child draw the letters by following those arrows. They do have to make a little bit up by themselves but the arrows get them started and show them most of the process. You can also use different fonts, so you can do regular straight fonts or you can go with an easy or harder cursive font - whatever matches your childs abilities! The sheets will help them keep their lines perfectly straight whereas if you write them they won't be that straight unless you use a ruler. Overall this program is amazing, and I haven't even started to learn about all the wonderful aspects of this software. I can't wait to use it more and get some sheets printed for my daughter so she can learn to write her name!!!
On their website you can sign up for free worksheets, and they also have a program called 52 weeks of Handwriting - they are on Week 9 right now - and the theme is Water Parks :) They have testimonials, videos and much more to help you get started and keep it going!
Besides all of this, they have generously offered to give away ONE free program and all you have to do is enter using the widget below :)
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