Handwriting exercises engage the brain in a way that calms and directs children to focus differently. Children in their sensitive period for writing trace over shaded numbers, letters and words daily with great awareness and joy. They use colorful markers and pencils. They practice and perfect their skills with this simple, sequenced method. It is effective, fun and relates back to class work. The Beautiful Handwriting Method materials were developed in Montessori classrooms over 20 years ago.