After posting my free sound patterns, an early handwriting material, I was contacted by Nan Barchowsky, who has created other products to encourage italic-style handwriting. I haven’t personally purchased any of these products yet, but you can see them all at the Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting website. Nan also provides a history of handwriting styles to explain why she promotes the idea of learning italic-style.
Nan has created an iPad app for children to practice making letter shapes, which might be helpful if you find yourself on-the-go a lot, as well as books, a CD-ROM, a down-loadable book, and a large tablet for young children first learning their letters (shown above). A separate website, Fix It… Write! is for older children or adults who struggle with handwriting and would like to start over. Her italic system is based on “the natural movements of hands,” and Nan writes,
Handwriting often goes wrong when children form movement habits for print-script, and then are required to retrain habits for conventional cursive.
Are you interested in learning more about italic handwriting? Take a quick look at Nan’s site, Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting.