Can you teach pencil grip?

This is a question that is frequently asked during workshops and training events. In the Write Dance approach this thorny issue of how to teach the tripod grip for comfortable and efficient handwriting is not as tricky as you might imagine. Firstly, observe closely and note down the type of grip the child is using. The most common is the hammer grip (whole fist/hand). This grip is overly tense and restricts a child’s dexterity, flexibility, fluency and speed as they try to form and join letters. To make a change, remove the long, thin writing implements and replace these with … Continue reading Read more »

Last few places for Manchester region Training

We are really looking forward to our day training at the Madeleine Lindley Training centre in Oldham on Thursday. It promises to be a great day with lots of practical movement and mark making. We already have 21 booked though have had a couple of cancellations and so we are able to take more bookings if youa re quick!! Read more »

New Product!!

We are really excited that our nursery songs movement music and mark making E book is available now on the website. This new easy to use resource for Nursery and Pre school practitioners has familiar songs for movement and mark making. We  wanted to create a resource  for nursery and pre school  practitioners to have additional music/ materials to complement the Write Dance in the Early Years book. We hope you will enjoy using it and do let us have your feedback. Best wishes Nicole and Diana Read more »

Training Events West Midlands/Manchester

We are excited to announce that we have secured a venue and date for a training day in the West Midlands on June 5th and a training day in Oldham on September 11th 2014. See all the information for our West Midlands / Sutton Coldfield training day here. To be among the first to hear about our September training in Oldham, Manchester do make sure you are signed up to receive our news updates – signup form in the sidebar to your right. Read more »

Working hard

Hard at work here in Kent revising our training materials ready for the new term and having fun creating our resources for distribution via the website. More news to follow soon. Read more »

Write Dance in the snow!!

We thought you would enjoy these  lovely photos sent to us from a Nursery. Children enjoying Write Dance activities in the snow. Remember the outside are is a wonderful resource to practise and consolidate Write Dance activities. Happy New Year everyone! .        Read more »

Busy Autumn Term

We are delighted to have had our busiest term visiting many schools across the UK.  Some of these schools were new to the Write Dance materials and others have  already been using Write Dance and  seen the benefits to the children in their schools. They  wanted to have new staff trained and they also wanted to be updated on the newer resources. the feedback from all the training events has  been very positive and we are delighted that so many practitioners feel inspired and more confident as a result of their  training. Our focus has mainly been on the Introduction … Continue reading Read more »

Summer Newsletter

Dear all What a busy Spring Term for us with visits in the Midlands, London, Surrey and a first trip to Wales. We had such warm welcomes and enthusiastic feedback from participants and we are enjoying hearing about how you are using and adapting the Write Dance materials. We were also able to run workshops for the Thurrock Early Years Conference and for pre- schools and childminders in Bexley so it has been a busy and first part of the year. In February we hosted our own training event in London (we are generally contacted by schools and local authorities … Continue reading Read more »