abc Joined Up is an educational handwriting app
for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch.
Kids love using abc Joined Up because it shows them how to write cursively in a fun and enjoyable way and is based on a proven method used successfully by 1000s of children.
The abc Joined Up app is based on a method of teaching cursive handwriting developed by a UK Literacy teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. Since its introduction in 2005 this method has helped thousands of children master cursive handwriting.
abc Joined Up makes learning an enjoyable and fun experience for children. It provides positive and supportive feedback and celebrates success.
The skill of being able to hear a sound and write the corresponding letter as early as possible is crucial if children are to be effective writers.
Research shows that children need to establish quickly a handwriting style that is speedy and flows smoothly. Cursive or joined up handwriting provides children with this skill. Research also shows that efficient handwriting needs to become automatic and move into long term memory as early as possible in the writing process because:
The ability to write sound symbols (letters) on demand is just one of many skills children need to embed if they are to become independent writers. Some educators may not see children’s first attempts to write a grapheme (letter) as handwriting but researchers are now telling us that these early experiences should be seen as the beginning of handwriting. Research is also telling us that knowing how to write sounds as symbols, as early as possible, is essential in the development of early writing because children are then free to concentrate on the compositional aspects of their writing.
When children first begin to look at letters what do they see? A flat shape and depending on how a letter is written and positioned on a page it could be ‘c’ ‘n’ ‘u’ or it could be ‘w’ ‘m’ ‘3.’
When children are competent in writing sounds as symbols: they are able to hear a sound; instantly translate it into a picture or symbol in their head and then write it down with its correct orientation and any special characteristics it may have. However, for many children embedding this skill is not straightforward and delays in being able to write the sounds they can hear in words has repercussions for the rest of their writing development.
Traditional ways of teaching children to form letters do not interrogate or dissect letters. There is no established dialogue about how letters are built or about any patterns letters follow as they are written. Perhaps this may be a factor in why so many children have trouble remembering how to form letters. Many children moving from Reception into Year 1 are not able to remember how to write some letters correctly and have to rely on hazy ideas about what a letter looks like. The consequence is that compositional skills are put on hold while the child’s short term memory continues to worry about how to write some of the sounds that can be heard in words.
The result is that some children start to become aware that writing is more difficult for them than other children and they start to fall behind their peers.
abc Joined Up has three Levels:
Beginner, Intermediate and Expert.
abc Joined Up Beginner Level teaches children to recognise letters by their sounds and to write individual cursive letters correctly. It deconstructs letters into their individual pen strokes or layers and then shows children how to put the layers back together in the right order to make the letter. It shows children that individual letters are layered. The app helps children practise ‘building’ the letters and then write them correctly on the screen using their fingers. It builds confidence and makes learning fun.
abc Joined Up Intermediate Level shows children how to recognise letters and blends by their sounds and to join letters together correctly. It shows children which letters join from the bottom and which join from the top. The app helps children practise joining letters together correctly on the screen using using their fingers.
abc Joined Up Expert Level teaches children to sequence the sounds they can hear in a word and then join the letter together and write the word correctly on screen using their fingers.
The concept of abc Joined Up is similar to how jigsaw puzzles work. Children using the software see individual letters taken apart and then they are asked to reassemble them on screen. As they construct each letter on the screen they also write it themselves.
The programme groups letters together into families. The letters in these families all start in the same way.