Support for cursive

For many reasons, I’ve decided to use cursive as our first choice for learning.  It really is the hard road, when so much is in print, other kids are taught print.

Izaac has been struggling with handwriting.  From what I have learnt from his reading adventure, is not to stress and not to push!  🙂  I’m so glad to say that our little 5 yo now can reads away.  I’ll talk more about this journey later on.  At 5.5, he reads Roald Dahl!  Not perfectly, but enough that he gets the context of whatever he reads.  It’s incredible.

Back to cursive.   I have found it so hard getting support for cursive handwriting. I don’t like the cursive font used for handwriting without tears. I found the New American cursive really minimal in teaching.

But our chiropractor worked out that Izaac had a left-over-right reflex delay – so struggles to cross over the mid-line.  An easy test to do, to check.  So even if we do intense handwriting, it is only going to be a battle with someone who has this core reflex delayed.  Also, his perception on a page is way out!

Via lovely friend in Gambia, I have found an excellent book for developing motor skills for writing and perception.

Write from the start

Write from the start: Unique Programme to Develop the Fine Motor and Perceptual Skills Necessary for Effective Handwriting (3 volumes)

This book I believe can be used by all fonts, starting from age 3.6 – 11, if you
struggle with untidy handwriting. But it does encourage more in the way of
cursive flow in the later chapters. My 5.5 yo is devouring the book. He loves
it. The graphics are just fantastic and no handwriting in sight! Yet. 🙂
What is interesting is that they go from small exercises (small motor skill) to
large (large motor skills). Developed by a guy in Romania who became a
principal of a boy’s orphanage in Romania and a woman OT.

What i’ve discovered is the best place to look for cursive support is in Europe
– they still use it extensively in lower primary. But then I found this little
tool for doing worksheets!

http://www.cursivewriting.org/joined-up-handwriting.html – there is print too.

It’s a macro from MS Word to convert your text. And only costs $10.95 per
license.

And this is an interesting article on teaching the letter ‘e’ in cursive
http://www.nha-handwriting.org.uk/publications/selected-articles/the-trouble-wit\
h-e

Handwriting – what to do???

I’m starting so slowly this year.  Having researched and finally completed my combination of handwriting without tears and cursive worksheets – I’m struggling that Izaac is just not showing interest – almost retaliating.

Reflections – maybe I should just sit and do my work, along with metal inset work to start off our morning.  Instead of expecting Izaac to show and them him do the work, I think he is more of a follower.  The hint I got from Mr Demi of MUS – just show the work, don’t expect them to do.  Ask if he’d like to try, don’t expect him to do.  I so need to remember this.  Izaac might just be a watcher.