Why Pre-Handwriting?

Although it seems far off into the future, your child will one day need either to get a job or create a career. In both cases, your child will need skills that depend heavily on your child’s ability to write. That is why pre-handwriting is so important…because it gives your child the fundamental motor, thinking, social, sensory and psychological skills to improve learning, problem-solving, co-operation, communicating and listening.


Start-Bee Pre-Handwriting Programme

Start-Bee Handwriting is the missing piece you need to for your child’s learning puzzle. Presented by children for children, our professionally filmed videos with state of the art graphics bring the activities to life! Each video lesson is specific to the age group it is being delivered to:  EYFS (Reception aged 4 to 5 years) is a “Free Flow” Lesson with only an “instruction” that is less than ten minutes long and you can pause both during the lesson and for the Creative Stations. Take your time…there are 29 Pre-Handwriting Preparedness Lessons…which can be completed at 3 lessons per week.  There are 46 Lowercase Letters Lessons and we would expect the Patterns and Lowercase Letters Programmes to be completed during the EYFS year.  Some Literacy Leads have decided to deliver Start-Bee at least one lesson, five days per school week and these schools complete the Patterns, Lowercase and Uppercase Letters Programme in one school year.

Learn Through Play and Embedded Peer-Appropriate Instructions

Follow along with Hannah-Jane through her kid-friendly online video sessions that combine today’s technology with good ol‘ fashioned, field-tested, hands-on activities. With visual and auditory cues, she guides each child through movements and activities such as  to the Pencil Grip Song, imitating the posture or movement, and following the visual clock countdown. Each child can relax and enjoy exploring and learning the basic mechanics of handwriting in a creative and engaging process …and get them ready for school, career and life!

About Us

Peer-to-Peer Handwriting Lessons!

Start-Bee School Handwriting is all about building every child's pre-handwriting, handwriting and correct pencil/pen grip so they can get the most out of their school's academic and social opportunities.

Check out this fun, interactive, multi-media, and peer-to-peer online programme to ensure every child learns to write well.

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There is no more need to fend for yourself. Why not benefit from all the support and resources that we at Harwood Education have to offer you? From Mini-Bees Pre-Handwriting to Handwriting at Home to Cross~Links Journey© and many, many more programmes, there is help for you throughout your child’s school years…and beyond.

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Melanie Harwood

Founder of Harwood Education and an Education Specialist, Melanie has transformed her pain into purpose. When she tried nearly everything on the market to help her daughter, she finally felt compelled to create her own handwriting scheme, Start-Bee. While delivering her Start-Bee Handwriting programme to educators across the UK, she inspired Fiona Cowan to also solve the common problem she saw in her own classrooms…children coming to school not equipped with even the basic skills needed for learning.

Carlo San Juan

Chief Technology Officer for Harwood Education, Carlo works his magic to solve any problems that get in our way of delivering you the best multi-media experience AND he worked tirelessly to help Melanie Harwood transcribe each of Fiona Cowan’s videos. Now we can offer you Start-Bee videos, transcripts and downloads that are easy to use on your favourite device.

Fiona Cowan

Creator of Start-Bee Pre-Handwriting Programme, Headteacher Fiona Cowan took the initiative and extra time, energy and effort to make sure any pupil in her class would be given the best opportunity to receive the necessary building blocks for success…in her classroom and beyond.


Denise Meissner

Co-Founder of Harwood Education, Occupational Therapist and mother of a teen-aged son with Autism, Denise Meissner is also creator of Cross~Links Journey©, Triple P Programme©, the Carer~Teacher Enhanced Communication Journal, and QCharm Portable & Visual Cue System. Her mission is to support other carers, educators and anyone who works with children with Special Education Needs and challenging behaviours. Her ultimate goal is to help you create joyful and peaceful learning and living experiences as you interact with your child or pupil.

Jonathan Harwood

Co-Founder of Harwood Education and world-renowned film and editing specialist, Jonathan Harwood applied his expertise to bring Mini-Bees Pre-Handwriting to life. With engaging yet crystal-clear visuals and sound effects, you can almost smell the rain and the animals that are featured in the video lessons!

What You Get With Start-Bee Pre-Handwriting...
Multi-media programme that is professionally filmed and edited to bring expert techniques to life for you.
Peer-to-Peer video sessions with child-friendly scenery and activities.
Accompanying Master Class training series to help you deliver the programme.
Written transcripts for you to download

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