My children’s handwriting is atrocious. Like seriously- all of theirs. As a former teacher and homeschooling mom, it’s rather embarrassing. I’m not sure exactly where we went wrong with their handwriting. But at some point I must have thrown the handwriting curriculum out the window in favor of more “important” subjects. Well now I have an 8th grader who writes like he learned in the dark! At least he’s smart…. I digress. We recently received two products from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math workbooks. Since, I feel all is lost on the older ones, I’m focusing all my handwriting energy on the youngest with the Channie’s Dry Erase Flashcard for Sight Words and Neat Numbers.
What is Channie’s?
Channie’s is a company started back in 2015 by a mom who was trying to help her son who struggled with handwriting at the beginning of it’s schooling. Since creating the first Channie’s worksheets they have developed 15 other products that have found their way into schools, homeschools and other education markets.
What makes Channie’s different from other handwriting products?
- – Blocks for consistent letter size
- – Double vertical lines to guide proper spacing
- – Middle green shade helps in lowercase placement and writing in straight lines
- – The ability to self-correct when writing outside the lines.
- – Color designated cards: green for upper case, blue for small case and orange for numbers
The products we reviewed:
Let’s begin with Channie’s Dry Erase Flashcard for Sight Words this is what I was most interested in, because they look like fun. and these days anytime I can make school look like fun for my youngest I jump at it. The bonus is that not only are we working on handwriting but we are also working on sight words. The box comes with 50 of the most used sight words along with 2 blank ones. Each of the cards have a good quality weight and they are a breeze to wipe on and off with expo markers.
The neat numbers pad comes with 80 pages to practice tracing numbers and adding and subtracting. The number squares are blocked just like with the sight words where there is a clear beginning and a clear middle and bottom. This made writing the numbers really clear and easy to follow. I like that on the vertical addition pages it was lined up so that students knew exactly where the number was suppose to be written in the ones place.
There were plenty of blank pages as well so that you could include your own problems to work on.
What I thought:
I really love the sight word wipe off. Its not consumable and it was so easy to wipe them clean. The Neat Numbers was definitely helpful in getting the correct number formation. This would be perfect for pre-k or Kindergarten. It’s listed for Pre-K but unless your 4 yr old is doing addition problems, there would be a lot of empty pages you wouldn’t use until they are older. The problem I had using it for a older child that did need help with letter/number formation is that they don’t write that big normally. I’m assuming that the numbers get smaller as the ages get older. We are just kind of stuck in the middle.
Overall I think the product would be very beneficial for beginning writers or those that really need a strong visual.
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