Hello Don, Do you have any recommendations for improving writing speed? My son's school does not use Rocket Math, but we use it at home. He knows his addition facts rather quickly orally, but is stuck at a much lower level at school because he cannot write them fast enough.
Dr. Don answers:
Tina, That is a very good question. Yes, you can improve writing speed. Increasing writing speed will come with practice, but a special kind of practice. The biggest problem slow writers have is that they "draw" the numerals. That is to say, they decide how to make the numerals look like they should and then draw them, rather than having a set way of doing the numbers.
Step 1 is for them to learn how to most efficiently write the numerals using strokes that consistently go down and from left to write. Students need to learn the right way to form the numerals and then practice it exactly the same way over and over until it becomes habit. In
Step 2 the students need to practice writing the numerals small enough to fit on the line, while still forming them the right way. In
Step 3 and 4 students need to practice writing the numerals until they are fluent (speedy and still form them correctly and legibly).
To move through these steps it helps to have a program to assist you in doing each of those phases. Luckily, I created just such a program....