Parent Survey Results – ez Write™

The following is the result of surveys to parents of preschool students who had just completed a full-year curriculum instruction of ez Write.  The data below and feedback provided include results from multiple schools, multiple grades, and multiple years of instruction.  Comments have been taken verbatim from the surveys.  This material is also available in PDF format.  Click here to download.

    1) Do you have older students who had previously learned handwriting through 
        D’Nealian or other handwriting programs?



    2) How effective do you feel the ez Write program was as compared with
        other programs (circle one)

            Much more effective

            Somewhat more effective

            No difference

            Somewhat less effective

            Much less effective


91% of parents believed ez Write was a more effective handwriting program than other handwriting curriculum their children have received.

    3) Please make any comments that you have regarding the program, noting any
        specific times where you saw it working or not  working for your child.

“I was thrilled with this program.  I was concerned for my daughter when it came to learning to write.  She was so different from her sisters – she had no interest in writing at all and would only get frustrated when I would try to help her.  I had no way to communicate how to exactly start a letter with a curve – now we can say ‘start with the c-stroke.”  And ‘down the slide’ is much easier to understand than diagonal.  Now, we can’t keep enough paper in the house for her, she is writing all the time.  Thank you so much for this program.”

“I never overheard my older child (D’Nealian student) actually saying any of the word clues (like ‘tail’) when making her letters.  But - I have frequently overheard my daughter saying the ez Write word clues when making letters.  I am even using the word clues with my 2 year old!  The ez Write clues seemed to have ‘clicked’ more.  I also think the use of the house has helped – with some of the lower case letters going ‘into the basement.’”

“I had so much fun with my daughter, this past year especially as she would see the different strokes around her world.  ‘Mom, there’s a C-stroke!’, ‘there’s a U-turn,’ etc.  And I’m excited that she will enter kindergarten already knowing the program.  She’s already taken her first step!”

 “My daughter would pretend to be the teacher and ‘instruct’ me on the strokes.  She also rides her scooter and creates the strokes using her gross motor abilities.  She is a confident speller and we are excited that the district has adopted ez Write into the curriculum.”

“Michael had already struggled in preschool and kindergarten.  After Michael started 1st grade, his teacher suggested that he start the program.  His writing improved and he could write faster.  He also stopped fighting us when he had to write.  The program has been a very positive learning method and Michael has improved tremendously.”

“Our child had a problem with reversing her letters and numbers.  Since she has started this program, she rarely reverses letters or numbers anymore.  Her handwriting is much neater and more controlled looking.  Handwriting has always been hard for her, she seems to have more confidence in herself now.”

 “Love the stroke names - made letter writing easier for Anna.  She seemed to like it too!  Thanks!”

“Mary’s experience learning handwriting seemed gradual and natural.  She’s still learning, but I’m very impressed with her progress.  Thanks for making the switch this year!!”

“She uses it every day - when drawing pictures or letters, or when I am helping her write letters.  I love the ez Write program!”

“I love that there are so few strokes for the whole alphabet.  I think it really helps the kids concentrate on what stroke they are doing, even if they can’t picture the letter in their head.”

“I love that you can tell the kids a stroke and a picture instantly forms in their head.”

“The idea behind ez Write makes sense to me.  It is something that my son is able to articulate and visualize.  It offers us common language when discussing handwriting.”

“I love the ez Write system.  D’Nealian does not look like anything the kids would see in a book they read.”

“I found the ‘strokes’ to be very simple to implement and remember for Sigrid - wonderful for a child’s graphmotor functions!  The ez Write program breaks down step by step each stroke into manageable movements!  I also really appreciated the ‘cues’ given - wonderful triggers!”

 “I like the different phrases for the strokes (Down the Slide, etc.).  It gives a good visualization for what to do.”

“He would often talk about the different strokes.  This helped him make the letters and remember them.  Our older son is using this system also and it seems to be working well for both of them.”

“While I have no experience with other handwriting programs, I can relay that the ez Write program has been wonderful for my child.  The 8 basic strokes are easy for the child
AND the parents to figure out which strokes make up each letter and number.”

“I had to sometimes look/be reminded by my child as to what the strokes were called, but she learned it well and it seemed like a good program to me.  I liked the upstairs, downstairs and basement idea and it helped me to communicate how to write letters with her.”

“I think this is a great program!  My son didn’t know how to write his name at the beginning of the school year and now he is helping me write out my grocery lists!”

“I think it’s a great idea, certainly more fun, so perhaps easier to learn.  I heard Grace sometimes say the phrases that go along with the letters like ‘tall line down.’  They are using this at Parker Elementary in the fall – I’m so glad Grace has already been introduced.”

“I realized my son loved saying the words for the letter (ez-across, down the slide, etc.).  They seemed very easy for him to remember.  It definitely helped him remember how to make the letters.”

“My daughter has learned how to form all the letters neatly.”

“Aaron could focus on the word itself, sounding it out, breaking it apart to say it right.  He also could focus on the correct spelling.  When he got all of that down, he could improve on his penmanship.  Don’t ever switch back to D’Nealian PLEASE.  It’s awesome – perfect!”

“This writing program makes perfect sense.  It is so much easier for children to recognize letters as they are learning to read.  Also as a parent we can better explain how a letter begins rather than showing.  I wish my 4th grader learned this rather than D’Nealian.”

“My son seems to write better with ez Write than when he was shown D’Nealian.”

“The ez Write program is much easier than D’Nealian.  I was forgetting the ‘tails’ when helping my son; it was much easier helping my daughter.”

“It was great to see how quickly my daughter’s handwriting improved over the past 8 months!”

“My son has learned how to write his letters more accurately and quicker using the ez Write program.  I think it is wonderful!”

“This system works because you can talk about the process of spelling rather than trying to show how.  My daughter has had an easier time with handwriting because of this program.  It works!

“This has been a wonderful program for my daughter.  The language and parent information makes it very easy to work with at home.  My daughter’s handwriting is very nice, and much neater than my son’s – who has learned D’Nealian.  It’s a fabulous program!”

“I hear Emma singing the catchy tunes.  She would write words right-to-left (being a lefty I think)…and the songs would help her.”

“The names for each line/stroke helped in describing the process for writing each letter.  Consistent, common language for handwriting.”

“I noticed my son’s handwriting really improved after the ez Write program.  I would like more information on this program so that I can continue helping him this summer with his handwriting skills.”

“It was amazing the improvement Patrick made with this program.  Overall I would recommend this highly.  His writing is much neater and he loves to write and is proud of his work.”

“From the beginning of the year to now my son has made tremendous improvement!”

“Sonja learned printing very quickly and easily this year.  I would hope she isn’t at a disadvantage is ez Write isn’t continued in the future grades.”

“The carryover from kindergarten was great – it is nice to have the basic strokes as a starting point and continuous reference.”

“My son seems to write better with ez Write than when he was shown D’Nealian.”

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