Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Autograph ... or Signature?

Autograph ... or Signature ?

Tis the Season of Holiday cards, letters, tags and notes.  As you sign your name for greetings this year, take a minute to think about what that feels like.  Is it an 'Autograph' or a signature?

“Auto” means self and “graph” means writing or picture.  When we sign our names, it’s a little like painting a self portrait.  Many people make a fancy or squiggly signature that’s hard to read, but that isn’t really what the point of writing is, is it?  If we really want to communicate, our letters need to be clean and clear so the reader can actually understand what we’ve written.  If we went to sit for a painting of ourselves, we would want to look our best.  We would dress in nice clothes and expect the artist to draw a good likeness with all our best features.  That’s how our autograph needs to feel too.

The word signature has a legal connotation.  How does it feel when you sign your name as a “signature” rather than an “autograph?”  Now, smile for your portrait!  Is it the same size as the rest of your writing?  How about the slant?  What about ligatures?  Are you lucky enough to have one or two in your name.  Make sure they are written as ligatures. 

Underscores, overscores and paraphs ....

A simple underline beneath our name is called an underscore.  It’s a wonderful addition to your autograph.  A paraph is like an underscore, but it stays attached to the name.  The writer doesn’t lift her pen from the last letter stroke before underlining.  If there are lower loops in the autograph, make sure the paraph or underline doesn’t go through them.  Also remember to end underscores and paraphs to the right!  An overscore is drawn above the name.  It’s protective, and tricky!


Monday, November 25, 2019

The Importance of Paper Positioning

Importance of paper positioning:  Position the paper so that it lines up with the elbow of the dominant or writing hand.  The paper position needs to accommodate the writer — NOT the other way around!!  This is one of the most overlooked adjustments for handwriting and one that makes all the difference in comfort and successful writing!  

Please note:  This is one of the most important and easiest accommodations for left-handed writers!  By adjusting the paper to lay diagonally aligned with the left elbow, the blank page remains unobscured by the writing hand.  Too many times the hooked grip divulges the oversight of teaching and implementing this simple and necessary technique.  This basic key deserves utmost emphasis!

Importance of hand grip:  Make sure the writer is using the whole hand in writing, not just fingers and thumb!  Choking up on the pen or pencil can cause painful writer’s cramp as well as making it a tedious chore.  Handwriting is meant to flow.  Writing needs to be fun!

Paper positioning sets children up for success in handwriting!  
Paper positioning supports handwriters of all ages!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the Vimala Alphabet!

The Alphabetical Way Webinar with Vimala Rodgers

Free Introduction Tuesday, March 20th  7 to 7:30 pm PDT
Registration is required - e-mail:  teachers@iihs.com

Sign up for the Full Series - 6 classes
Tuesdays, March 27 through May 1, 2018
              7 to 8 pm PDT

Visit iihs.com for more details.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day Remembrance

Remembering others on Holidays is a special part of friendship.  Make Valentine’s Day memorable:  Pen it!  Scissors, lace and a bit of red paper make it personal! Choose an ink color that shouts, “You’re special! And today you’re in my thoughts!”  Let children be creative with their artwork, then help them pen the Vimala Letters …

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Resolve to write in 2017

Just as no two snowflakes are exactly alike, so it is that everyone’s handwriting is unique.  The differences may be subtle, yet they are there in between the lines, in the fine-tuned curves and angles, in a dozen different nuances.  

Cursive writing joins letters within words as the ink and our thoughts flow easily onto the page.  When we write we are actually making an imprint of ourself onto the writing surface.  When we journal attentively, the impulses from hand to brain communicate as well, and we subliminally affirm and reaffirm habitual thinking patterns.  

The Letters of the Vimala Handwriting System™ were created to reflect our most innovative thinking skills and enhance positive, forward-thinking attitudes.  That said, it is meaningless unless we pick up our pens and write them.  I invite you to do just that this year and experience for yourself.

I encourage you to adopt the first initial of your first name (the one that is on your birth certificate — not a nickname) for 2017, and write three lines of that Letter, uppercase and lowercase.  Next write a few lines of words that have your initial as the first letter, the last letter, and a word with it  somewhere in the middle.  This only takes a few minutes, and the reward is so worthwhile.  “What will happen,” you ask.  I don’t know, but this I know for certain — something will happen!  And it will turn your head and your thinking around.  Try it and see what happens.  I would welcome your feedback, please do write and let me know what unexpected and wonderful things ensue.  susan@alphabetpenandink.com

Alphabetical blessings,

                            ©Susan Govorko - alphabetpenandink.blogspot.com - All rights reserved
Learn from Vimala herself with the new ABCdraw app:


All NEW ABCdraw!

ABCdraw has created an app that merges The Vimala Alphabet into an interactive learning program--a fun learning tool with tablet and stylus! Vimala guides you both verbally and with alphabetical examples on the computer screen, on how to form each letter, and encourages you to use a stylus to follow her suggestions as you write each letter on your tablet. The program is easily implemented by anyone who is learning to write, including those gifted with learning disabilities. As you implement ABCdraw in your classroom or at home, watch attitudes improve! 

Write a letter!

Dear Parents, Teachers, Caregivers,
    Disney is offering a wonderful opportunity for your child to practice cursive writing!  It doesn’t state it has to be in cursive, however such an opportunity to reward the effort shouldn’t be missed!  

    Write a letter to the address below, and receive an autographed 8X10 picture of your favorite Disney Character — don’t forget to mention which one is your favorite and maybe why!

Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
  Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830-0040

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December Greetings

December greetings, 

The why or the how of holiday celebrations are not so important as the core essence of what we do and say and believe.  This year, let’s take the opportunity to acknowledge the people in our lives who mean so much.  Let’s embrace the gifts of the Season of Light and share our gratitude with those around us.

Gratitude is a Gg word, one of its greatest gifts.  Thankfulness is an attitude that precipitates happiness.  When we reflect on the things in our lives that truly fulfill us, we become acutely aware of the people whose presence make our life meaningful.  We remember the greatest gifts are really time spent with family and friends.

Amid the busy holiday schedule, take time to reflect; pick up your pen and write a few g’s — the graceful figure-8 Vimala g’s.  

Best wishes for a Holiday Season filled with friends, family, laughter, and always love.
Alphabetical blessings, Susan


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