Local mom creates resource to help keep handwriting skills sharp

Local mom creates resource to help keep handwriting skills sharp

Many parents have concerns about what this school year will look like and how our children’s learning will be impacted.

Now, a special writing resource is easing some of those parents' anxiety.

It’s called “Channie’s Handwriting” — created by a Charlotte mom looking to improve her own son’s handwriting. It’s already been ordered for incoming kindergartners in the fall at Oakhurst Academy.

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Its creators say their program has gained popularity as more parents are looking for more resources at home.

Channie's Handwriting was developed four years ago by Chan Stimart, after looking for a solution to improve her son's handwriting.

Since then, she's sold more than 300,000 copies of her workbook material and expanded it to two schools in the Charlotte area.

Stimart said the pandemic has increased sales by 120% as more parents are looking for resources for at-home learning.

Students can use the workbooks to practice their handwriting without the direct supervision of a parent.

Stimart said the results have helped children become better students.

“We have seen studies show that kids with better handwriting, they have a better organized skill built in their learning,” said Stimart.

“I’m a parent in Union County and my children will only go back one day a week so most of the learning is going to happen at home virtually through a computer,” said Heather Haymore, sales manager at Channie’s Handwriting. “A child still needs to take a pencil and pen and put it to paper.”

It is important to note that even with remote learning, students will need supplies for the school year.

Since 1997, in partnership with Classroom Central and Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools drive has collected school supplies, which are then distributed free to students in grades K-12.

Covering 22 counties, 9 School Tools is the largest school supply drive in the Carolinas and will run now through August 14.

Financial donations to the 9 School Tools program can be made at different levels of giving that support Classroom Central.

For example:

  • A donation of $9 will help provide homework supplies for students.
  • A donation of $25 will help fill a student’s backpack with school supplies.
  • A donation of $50 will supply a teacher with essential school items.
  • A donation of $100 will supply an entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits.

Learn more about 9 School Tools at www.9SchoolTools.com.

Local mom creates resource to help keep handwriting skills sharp