External Sector Performance – January 2015

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The Mead ® Writing Fundamentals products are designed
to guide parents on how best to introduce and facilitate
fundamental writing skills for young learners. Divided into
four stages based on the developmental level of the child,
these tools progressively build upon one another as children
master the skills necessary for writing success.
The use of color to aid focus and increase retention, helpful
reminders for proper hand placement, and clever cues for
paper stabilization are carried throughout the line.
• Path Quest™
Here’s a fun and rewarding way to
introduce the visual and eye-hand
coordination tasks necessary for
successful reading, writing, math and
organizational skills. The child starts
by choosing a “quest” — sea, space,
jungle or the arctic — and then an
adventure, including picture searches
and associations, connection games,
mazes and more.
• Snip-It™
This booklet of snipping and cutting
activities not only helps children master
the use of scissors, but results in
colorful, creative art projects with little
mess. Easy-to-follow cut lines on colored
paper make snips go quickly. Projects
get progressively more challenging
by adding shapes to pictures and then
following a model.
• Connect with Color™
A collection of dot-to-dot activities is
used to encourage pre-writing skills,
including pencil control, visual motor
control, sequencing and multi-step task
completion. The patent-pending color
sequence, rather than the traditional
letter or number dot-to-dots, allows for
use among younger children who have
developed color and shape recognition.
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Stage 1 – Fine Motor Development
Pre-K – 1st Grade
The offerings in this stage help children begin exploring
tasks that require eye-hand coordination and fine motor
development to lay the groundwork for pre-writing skills.
• Shape Builders™ Stencil Kit
Designed to teach children pre-writing
shapes to reinforce capital letter
formation, the book’s guided activities
use enclosed stencils to construct
simple pictures. The wirebound kit
includes a stencil with non-skid
stabilization pads and soft stabilization
pads with cues for where to hold it, as
well as a resealable storage pouch.
• Shape Builders™ Learn to Draw
By following simple, numbered steps,
children can practice forming pre-writing
shapes while learning the proper pencil
control and sequencing needed for
letter, word and sentence formation.
Each activity includes a numbered
step-by-step illustration, along with
sections to trace the drawing, draw it
and color it independently.
• Color Bound™
The childhood milestone of coloring
inside the lines is a big step toward
the pencil control and dynamic finger
movements needed for writing. This
unique coloring book provides children
with raised boundaries to provide tactile
feedback and help them stay within
the lines.
• Dry Erase Activity Board –
(Stages 1, 2, 3)
This activity board includes three
double-sized, activity-driven dry erase
boards spiral bound together for easy
storage. Activities include capital and
lowercase letter formation, number
development, shape formation, simple
addition and a draw-and-write space to
spark creative writing and illustration.
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Stage 2 – Letter Formation
Pre-K – 1st Grade
The Stage 2 products are designed for use in developmental
sequence to teach children the motor patterns necessary for
forming capital and lowercase letters, while learning to properly
place letters on lined paper.
• CAPITAL Letter Stories™
Featuring alphabox paper, which
facilitates proper letter size and
formation and avoids reversals, the
activity book uses color and directional
cues to help children learn the proper
movements. Letters are grouped
based on like motor patterns and
developmental progression, with
themed stories providing fun verbal
instructions.
• 4-in-1 Learn to Letter
with Guidelines™
This workbook features four sections
that build upon one another. Debossed
capital and lowercase letter pages offer
kids numbered steps and See & Feel™
grooves to master printing. A raised
ruling section helps students learn to
stay inside the lines. Finally, the plain
primary ruled pages feature bold lines
for accurate letter placement.
• lowercase Letter Stories™
Lowercase letter formation, alignment
and the beginning formation of words
and simple sentences are taught in this
fun and rewarding workbook. Specific
patterns for each letter are reinforced by
grouping developmental concepts with
a unifying theme. Colorful sky-grass-dirt
paper uses color to reinforce proper
alignment. Each letter has four lines for
multiple practice attempts. Children are
encouraged to practice letters within the
group and complete the certificate page
once they have mastered each section.
• Number Stories
This workbook helps teach proper
number formation and early math skills
with colored steps and directional cues
to reinforce specific patterns for each
number. Multisensory “everyday” math
techniques and fun story cues are used
throughout the book.
• Write-On, Wipe-Off Lowercase
Letters OR CAPITAL Letters
For use with dry erase markers and
erasable crayons, these reusable
workbooks offer a fun and rewarding
way to practice lowercase letter
formation on primary paper. Kids learn
best from ongoing practice. Specific
patterns for each letter are reinforced
with pictures, colored steps and
directional cues.
• Dry Erase Activity Board
(Stages 1, 2, 3)
This activity board includes three
double-sized, activity-driven dry erase
boards spiral bound together for easy
storage. Activities include capital and
lowercase letter formation, number
development, shape formation, simple
addition and a draw-and-write space to
spark creative writing and illustration.
Marker included.
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• Idea Builders™
A fun and rewarding way to introduce
early writing skills while reinforcing
legible writing, creativity, addition
of detail and proper sentence
structure. The workbook first reviews
letter formation and then introduces
activities to spark the child’s imagination
by connecting ideas, words and letters
with a provided word/phrase.
• Learn to Letter with Raised Ruling
A See & Feel™ primary writing tablet,
this product features raised ruling to
help students feel where to start and
stop. Accurate letter placement is
encouraged by the bold, embossed
lines that conform to Zaner-Bloser and
D’Nealian handwriting methods. Winner
of a Teachers’ Choice Award for the
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• Learn to Letter Tablet
The traditional primary writing tablet
incorporates narrow line width for
optimal pencil control and bold lines for
accurate letter placement.
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Stage 3 – Primary Writing
K – 2nd Grade
Children at this stage have mastered capital and lowercase
letter formation, alignment on the lines and use appropriate
letter size. The products in this stage are designed to help
students master writing words and sentences on traditional
primary paper.
• Primary Composition
This early creative writing tablet offers
students the popular format of a
composition book with the primary ruling
necessary for younger grades. Includes
red line cues to help students place
letters on the baseline.
• Primary Journal
Recognizing that students often need
to illustrate journal entries, the Primary
Journal has a unique format with lined
paper on the bottom and a blank
space for drawings, diagrams or
calculations. An early creative story
tablet, the product features primary
ruling with red line cues to indicate
the baseline.
• Dry Erase Activity Board
(Stages 1, 2, 3)
This activity board includes three
double-sized, activity-driven dry erase
boards spiral bound together for easy
storage. Activities include capital and
lowercase letter formation, number
development, shape formation, simple
addition and a draw-and-write space to
spark creative writing and illustration.
Marker included.
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• Learn to Write with Raised Ruling
Another See & Feel™ product, this
tablet uses smaller line width for
advanced printers and beginning
cursive writers. Raised ruling helps
students stay inside the lines.
• RediSpace® Transitional
Notebook Paper
Designed to ease the transition from
primary paper to wide-rule notebook
paper, this unique layout helps increase
writing legibility and speed. Proper
spacing and letter size are reinforced
with the help of spacing lines between
each letter. Visual stop-and-go color
cues teach students to start on the left
side of the page and stay within the
margins. Pages are double-sided,
three-hole punched and can be easily
removed for submitting to teachers or
storing in a binder. The spacing lines
on the tablet are also great for number
alignment for math assignments.
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Stage 4 – Transitional
1st Grade and Up
Stage 4 products help children transition from letter formation
on primary paper to writing sentences and paragraphs on
notebook paper. The products help students tackle obstacles
typical at this stage of development, including inconsistent
spacing, large letter size and difficulty adhering to margins.
• RediSpace® Transitional
Storybook Paper
Incorporating all the unique features
of the transitional notebook paper, the
storybook paper features blank space
at the top of the front side of every
page. This area is perfect for illustrating
stories, diagramming or outlining, and
showing mathematical calculations.
The spacing lines on the tablet are also
great for number alignment for math
assignments.
• Write-On, Wipe-Off
Cursive Letters
For use with dry erase markers and
erasable crayons, this reusable
workbook offers a fun and rewarding
way to practice cursive letter formation
on primary paper. Kids learn best from
ongoing practice. Specific patterns for
each letter are reinforced with pictures,
colored steps and directional cues.
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