Homeschool Edition


If you have a child who struggles with dysgraphia, then you already know the frustration and discouragement it causes. You have lived through the days and weeks of tears. You have asked yourself, "Do I just need to apply more discipline?" You have seen your child, who was excited about learning, turn sullen and cynical whenever it's time for a lesson. You have come to the slow dawning of realization that your child needs help. You have felt the dismay when the educational experts said there is no help. This is what happened to us with our son, but we said, "Not good enough!" So I sat down with him and invented a new writing system that works for him. He was instantly overjoyed! Within a few minutes he was writing better than he ever had in his life, and he has continued to improve since! This workbook is the result of that experience. We discovered that our dysgraphic child struggles with the motor skills of drawing curves, while at the same time dealing with placement, spelling, and composition. By the time he had successfully drawn the curve, he had forgotten where he was in the word. The simplified straight-line letters in combination with the letter-boxes allow the dysgraphic child to break down the problem into manageable steps. I pray that this Unblocked! dysgraphia workbook will help your child as much as it has ours.
Stone Engelbrite

The Lettering System

As you can see in the sample below, this is a clear, legible lettering system (pat. pending) that uses no curves. This is what we feel is the breakthrough aspect of this system. Rather than trying to force your child to conform to a style that is not functional for him, you can use a style specifically matched to his strengths and weaknesses. This is a system that he will be able to use for the rest of his life! It can also be used as a transitional system, letting you delay teaching a more common lettering system until your child is developed enough to handle it.

The Letter-Box System

Dysgraphic children usually have a great deal of trouble in placement as well as letter formation. Our letter-box system gives full guideline support, both horizontally and vertically. The double box helps keep the letter sizing conceptually clear: the letter goes on the box. After using the letter-box system, the child has been conditioned regarding proper positioning and can graduate to normal lined paper. The child first traces over the light text, then copies it into the empty boxes below. As your child progresses, the letter-boxes get smaller. This allows your child to graduate to more useful sizes.

What's In The Workbook

The workbook contains 98 pages in the following categories (not in order):

#Pages Category
1 Alphabet Presentation
5 Instructions to Teacher
13 Upper-Case Single Words
13 Lower-Case Single Words
26 Sentences Using Both Upper-Case and Lower-Case Words
26 Bible Verses with Numbers and Punctuation
10 Stroke Practice
4 Empty Letter-box Pages for Free Practice

The Bible verses are in the American King James translation - this translation is doctrinally identical to the KJV, but is much easier to read.

Who should use "Unblocked!"?

Unblocked! is specifically for the dysgraphic student, whether diagnosed or not. It is not for the young child who is a little slow in picking up writing. We have used the terms "child" and "him" because most dysgraphic students are boys, but this workbook is designed to be used by anyone older than five. There are many adults with dysgraphia that would benefit greatly from this workbook. Check out the dysgraphia links below if you are not sure.

The Physical Workbook

We have made this workbook of higher physical quality than is common for a workbook. Your child is already struggling and we feel that he should have to deal with further frustrations from "cost reductions" by the publisher.