Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew Review
One of the areas my kids are struggling with is handwriting. I think I have been to lax in asking for more legible handwriting and it shows. I look at my son’s handwriting and realize I need to crack down on my youngest before her’s gets too far to correct. I was really excited to review the
Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew and try to address some of her handwriting issues.
The Rhythm & Writing website offers this fun writing curriculum that includes this cute critter band and stories to go along with the handwriting practice. The program offers videos that help describe the proper formations of letters to go along with the book.
We started with the pre assessment. I already had an idea how it was going to go. My daughter doesn’t really write her letters. She more or less draws them. She knows what they should look like and draws them like she would shapes. I have let this pass as I thought it was just her learning process but it is time to start getting serious about handwriting. It just hasn’t been her priority and it frustrates her when I try to correct her. One of the reasons this book was different is that each letter has a little saying that describes how to write the letters. It helps with that issue because I can hear her repeat the saying as she writes the letter.
Another part of this curriculum that helps them learn that the writing guides are color coded. It starts with the green line on top for go than yellow and red. It’s like a stop light to help them see where to start and where to stop. Each letter is also broken down into pieces to practice. It has helped her to see that even though the letters look like shapes they are different and more she should be more precise in their formations.
Each lesson comes with a short story about The Crew which is a band of animals who sing about letters. The stories follow their music career and can also teach lessons along the way. In the back of the book are two pages full of suggestions about using these stories for more literacy lessons. Each stories comes with a coloring page as well. Coloring is a good way to help practice fine motor skills by staying in the lines as well as they are fun for the kids. I know I have mentioned in other posts about my issues in the past with my experience in college where they basically told me coloring pages were the devil. I have learned after much experience that they were completely wrong. I find that coloring pages are an excellent way to calm down and help with hand strengthening, hand eye coordination, drawing skills, and so many other skills associated with writing.
I am excited to see how her post assessment will look after practicing with this book. I know that already she has become aware of the need to slow down and pay attention to where her letters start and stop. I have already seen a difference in her writing on her other worksheets. I have also seen her comment on her letter formations. Now if only I could get her to turn her number 5 around instead of writing them backwards.Read the many other crew reviews by clicking the banner below!