All I can say is handwriting practice around here has been a party this past month. Today I am reviewing Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew. It has been a non stop jam session since I introduced this program to my son. My son is an auditory learner and HE LOVES MUSIC! The upbeat Hip Hop and Rock instructional videos and lessons were perfect for him.
Handwriting has been a struggle since we started 2 years. We have tried all the popular programs and the response was always the same. He was bored and there was always so much extra stuff to buy in order to make the program successful. Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew was exciting and engaging he felt empowered and ready to get down to business. The instructional videos are fun, hip and the music is great and lyrics were easy to catch on. He was off his seat singing and dancing the entire time and enthused to practice. He watched all the videos the first few days and was begging just to listen to the songs when we weren’t doing the lessons. The instructional videos are positive and encouraging. The kids instantly become empowered from the first video, this little bit of encouragement will boost your new writers confidence.
The stars of the program are the The Get Write Grew take the kids on a musical writing journey throughout the book. I love that the book has minimal color and the kids can color the black and white images if they would like. The lessons are systemically presented so letters that are formed similar and easier to form are grouped together. Each section begins with a reading adventure page that explains the letter formation and matching rhythm. The writing page is also colored coded with top line being green (go) yellow (slow down) red (stop). If you have writer like myself that red line is gift.
The program begins with an Pre-Assessment for the students. My son took the assessment and I was able to recognize what letters he needed a little more practice. At the end of the book there is another assessment you can have your student take and compare it to the first one.
Another reason why I like this program is because there is no huge teachers manual and tons of writing accessories to have to buy. Everything is written in the first few pages to help a teacher to get started. There are also suggestions for fine motor development and hands on resources to help practice writing outside of the book. The creator of the Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew also encourages families/teachers to use a dry erase overlay when first practicing the pages and then going back having the student write them on actual page.
For last 3 weeks I have seen drastic improvements in his handwriting. I have also noticed less erasing when he is writing. He also sings the songs as he writes or at random times throughout the day. He also has been using some of the positive affirmations from the songs in the morning when he recites his affirmations.
If you are looking for an affordable low maintenance writing program Rhythm & Writing with the Get Write Crew is a great option for your family. I am hoping the creator will come out with a cursive writing and math line soon because that would be great addition. Be sure to check out the rest of the Homeschool Crew reviews by clicking the banner below.
Until Next Time,