I’ve seen some discussion about teaching cursive first versus teaching manuscript first. I’ve read a few articles about it, spent time watching my daughter struggle with manuscript and I’m still just not sure. So I thought, “Why not ask the experienced homeschoolers, teachers and friends what they thought.”
Here is the article from Logic of English that really got my attention (thanks Sarah Mae for sharing it). It made me reconsider teaching manuscript first:
Written by Denise Eide
When I read the above article below, a few points that really stood out to me:
- All the lowercase letters begin in one place, on the baseline.
- By lifting the pencil between words, the beginning and ending of words is emphasized
- It is difficult to reverse b’s and d’s in cursive.
- Lowercase print (manuscript) letters begin in 7 different places
- In printing (manuscript) too much space is placed between letter and too little space is placed between words
First a little background:
I personally think handwriting is very important. When I was in first grade I was left handed. I was struggling with my penmanship (isn’t every 1st grader?!?) so the teacher switched my writing hand *gasp* I know!! Looking back I can’t believe they still did this! I am now right handed.
Even thought they switched my handwriting I still struggled through elementary school with bad handwriting and I even FAILED penmanship in 4th grade and it made me feel terrible. To this day I still say I have terrible handwriting but I’m sure that’s not entirely true.
Before I ask for your comments, let me preface it by saying:I do not have the unrealistic expectation that my my kindergartener (6 in September) will have excellent penmanship. I know that it will take years for penmanship to be mastered. I don’t want her to hate penmanship like I did. I don’t want her to struggle the way I did all throughout school. I’m not expecting this to be easy and I know that there is no miracle curriculum out there. I’ll probably stick with teaching manuscript (especially since a good friend scored me Handwriting Without Tears for $5!)
I would love to start a conversation and hear from people who have tried or currently do cursive first in their homeschool.
Teacher friends, I would love to hear from you too! Share your thoughts!!
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