Below are the 15 benefits of using the Magic Link handwriting programme in school:
1. Perfect for Primary and Secondary Pupils
The Magic Link Handwriting Programme can be used in Primary and Secondary schools.
(i)The non-joined-up (pre-cursive) programme is for 5-year-olds, in year 1 provides the basis and foundation to progress easily methodically to cursive. Letter formations and directions are taught from the start and all children receive the same instructions which avoids confusion. Additional alphabet worksheets are provided, so younger children can learn the foundations.
(ii)The joined-up (cursive) course is for 6 -18-year-old pupils. Older children benefit because they understand that by following the 30 steps, they will undo bad habits and learn clear legible handwriting in a structured and logical way to incorporate in motor memory.
2. Integrate into School Curriculum
The Magic Link programme can be integrated into the school curriculum so the whole school can learn neat, cursive, joined-up handwriting using one singular and uniform approach. Pupils learn a neat, legible style with correctly formed letters in accordance with the pre-cursive and cursive Magic Link font.
3. Whole Class or Intervention Groups
The programme can be used with a whole class as it can be incorporated as part of a classroom activity. Alternatively, it can be used with small groups of children, or individually with pupils who are finding particular difficulty with the letter and word formation.
Small handwriting intervention groups can be set up within the classroom or as specific tutorial lessons.
Magic Link handwriting has proved to be excellent resource in the classroom and for mixed ability groups, challenging the brightest children whilst providing extra help for special needs children.
4. No Expensive Teacher Training
No teacher training is required; Teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCos) or Teaching Assistants are simply required to supervise the children to ensure that the pupils are following the steps correctly. This makes the programme very easy to use as there is little scope for error.
Teachers or assistants are simply required to print out the PDF worksheets and watch the video with the child and make sure that the pupils are following the steps correctly. Homework requires no teacher intervention; teachers should only ask their pupils to copy the silly sentences at the end of each step.
We provide a comprehensive School Handwriting Policy booklet for teaching staff to understand the aims and principles of the programme. A PowerPoint is also available on request. Certified Magic Link teacher, Maria Morris, is available as a consultant to support schools with the initial setup and implementation of the programme.
The inclusive design means all children can use the programme and work at the same time or at their own pace and the school does not need to purchase any further teaching resources.
5. Colour-coded Worksheets
The worksheets use clear colour-coding, and each vowel has its own colour.Yellow is the colour used on the ‘Tall and Tiny’ worksheets, red is used for ‘a’ vowel worksheets and each subsequent vowel has a different colour. These bright colours act as a motivator and make learning fun.
Printable worksheets are provided for the entire course and there is no need to purchase any extra handwriting books.
6. Simple Magic Link Font
The simple Magic Link font makes learning to write neatly a simple and achievable task. There are no complicated and unnecessary loops. curls and flicks. The Magic Link enables children to join in a clear and tidy way and ensure that letters are spaced apart and do not clash together. This font has been designed to promote speed and results in smooth, flowing, joined-up handwriting.
7. No Lead-in or Entry Strokes
There are no confusing lead-in (entry) strokes. Magic Link follows the National Curriculum guidelines from DFE who state that “Children should not be taught to join letters or to start every letter on the line’ with a ‘lead-in’, because these practices cause unnecessary difficulty for beginners.” DfE, October 2021
Thousands of pupils have learnt to write neatly using the Magic Link method and have produced faster and more fluent writing once the entry stroke is removed. (see blog)
8. Makes Handwriting Fun
The Magic Link Programme makes the learning of handwriting fun. The programme incorporates lively music, auditory instructions and visual tips. There is also a cartoon animation at the end of each step to consolidate and provide educational entertainment.
Teachers often notice a marked improvement in confidence, self-esteem and emotional well-being of pupils once they have learnt how easy it is to write clearly and neatly using the Magic Link method.
9.Supports Ofsted Framework
The programme supports the Ofsted framework by catering for the handwriting needs of the whole school because it is an efficient and effective course that equips students with the lifelong skill of neat and legible handwriting through repetitive, highly structured and me consistent learning.
Resources for the course are efficient and easily accessible and support reading, writing and phonics teaching. It also encourages students to make links across the curriculum and across all learning because they can apply and use their new knowledge of formations and skill of neat handwriting across all subjects. Students are not taught to the test through this programme as they need to master one step well before moving onto the next and the videos steadily guide students through this to ensure longevity in the transformed and improved handwriting.
10. Perfect for all Pupils
The Magic Link Handwriting Programme is perfect for all pupils including children with SEN, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia,, Asperger’s syndrome, hypermobile, left and right handers. All pupils follow the pre-recorded video lessons to learn the correct formation of letters, words and sentences and teachers supervise to ensure they are following the video instructions correctly.
11. Highly Structured with Incremental Progression
This highly structured programme starts at the basic level and progresses through vowels and vowel combinations. The ‘a’ vowel is incorporated in the first 50% of the programme, after which each vowel is introduced, one at a time. Words progresses from CVC words to CCVC and CVCC and include initial and final consonant blends.
Pupils are fully aware from the start, that at the end of 30 steps they will achieve neat, cursive writing.
The Magic Link programme teaches individual letters, words and sentences. Letters are introduced singularly and in sequences using repetition. Each step follows motoric incremental movements of handwriting strokes, which are required to complete an action resulting in higher levels of motor planning. At the end of every step, the learnt words are incorporated into ‘silly sentences to reinforce the motor movement for homework, which also makes handwriting practise fun.
12. Develops Flow and Speed
Using a whole school consistent approach develops flow and speed. Handwriting becomes automatic so that once a pupil has reached step 30, they are able to integrate thought and speed to incorporate neat handwriting into schoolwork, homework, and exams.
13. Improves Reading and Spelling
Magic Link incorporates spelling patterns including -ck. -ll -ng, short and long vowels. By the time pupils have reached step 30, they have learnt the 5 vowels and spelling rules in words and sentences.
Letter formation is a key component in reading and writing skills. Research has shown that forming letters by hand while learning sounds activates reading circuits in the brain that promote literacy.
Handwriting practice helps develop reading skills. It is a crucial skill for children as they first learn to write and move through the school years.
Clear handwriting enables pupils to proofread their work and make corrections to their spelling. Magic Link promotes the automaticity of clear handwriting and improves focus and memory of spelling.
14. Certificate of Achievement
A Certificate of Achievement is provided at the end of the course. This can be awarded at the end of the course or awarded in assembly to further boost their confidence and as a reward for their new skill.
15. A Proven Method
The Magic Link handwriting programme is a complete handwriting course which is classroom tested and easy to use. This proven method is used in many schools with fantastic feedback. (see testimonials)