BFH Fluent Handwriting Manual

BFH Manual & THE CD-ROM

BFH gives you a complete instructional package for all ages. The manual is for reference. It has all the essential information to learn and teach the BFH method. The CD-ROM has additional help, and exemplars for lessons.

THE MANUAL

These sections cover the content of the manual:

  1. HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM is a brief explanation of the program.
  2. POSTURE, PEN HOLD & PAPER POSITION addresses in detail all that is in the title, including comfortable seating with good lighting, and positions for right and left-handers.
  3. EXERCISE PATTERNS, RELATEDLETTERS & PRACTICE WORDS Please see the sample page with its full explanations.
  4. REFERENCE FOR LOWERCASE ALPHABET
  5. REFERENCE FOR CAPITAL ALPHABET
  6. REFERENCE FOR NUMERALS
  7. JOINING LETTERS presents joins in the order of ease with which most people can write them.. Here you see part of join three and four.
  8. MISSTEPS & MYTHS addresses all of the most common handwriting problems that are real or perceived, and offers solutions. The sample page shows some problems that affect legibility and/or speed.
  9. PRACTICE WORDS AND SENTENCES
  10. GLOSSARY
Rhythm
III: click the image for a preview.
Joining
VII: click the image for a preview.
Missteps
VIII: click the image for a preview.

 
THE CD-ROM

A CD-ROM for Windows only accompanies each manual. It has four sections, GETTING STARTED, INDEX, CONCEPT and MY PAGES.

GETTING STARTED has five parts, most with sub-categories.

  1. FINDING YOUR WAY is a detailed description to help users get the greatest benefit from the program.
  2. IN THE BEGINNING reinforces some of what one finds in the manual. Suggestions and instructions are illustrated by short movies. Text for the movie to the left is:
    Wow! This seven-year-old has excellent pencil hold and paper position! Warmup exercises get the rhythm going before students begin to write letters, words and sentences. Handwriting is a physical activity. Just as one warms up before a baseball game or music recital, one should warm up with simple letter-related exercises.
  3. FOR OLDER STUDENTS has suggestions for help. These too are illustrated with short movies that feature both right and left-handers. Here is the text for a movie in this section.
    The left-hander has his paper to his left, and tilted so he can see his writing. He pulls downstrokes toward his elbow. His fingers are placed slightly higher on the shaft of the pen than those of the right-hander.
  4. TEACHING TIPS
  5. GLOSSARY

INDEX has five levels of exemplars for beginners through older students, BEGIN and LEVELS 1-4.

Click the image for a sample
Click the image for a sample.
Click the image for a sample.

CONCEPT groups exemplars according to concepts that the user feels need extra instruction. These include lessons on RHYTHM, POSTURE, DIRECTION, LOWERCASE, CAPITALS, NUMERALS and ON YOUR OWN.

MY PAGES provides a space where you can store exemplars that you want to use again.

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