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    Originally Posted by aquinas
    DS6ís handwriting has been slow to progress, and slow to be produced, but is getting there nicely thanks to a great effort on DSí part. Yesterday, he tried cursive for the first time, and his writing turned out beautifully! Why didnít I think of that before? Of course itís easier to make a fluid motion than several disjointed ones. Duh, aquinas!


    It is a great disservice to children that most educational systems have stopped teaching children cursive from the get go. Print, with the constant stopping and changes of direction, is harder to produce and doesnít engage the brain in the same way, and itís been proven, but Ąmaking things easierď for children by teaching print first and cursive as an afterthought, if at all, is one of those educational myths that just. Wonít. Die.

    I recall from another forum that parents raved about how well Handwriting Without Tears worked for their children who had struggled with graphomotor skills. Maybe worth a look.

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    Originally Posted by greenlotus
    A) DD13 (just barely) creates her own fonts for fun. She took it a step further by creating a new alphabet with it's own upper and lower case letters which has now morphed into a new language (past tense, future, etc)

    B) DD will not study and truly does not see the need so I often ask her to "practice studying" so when that day comes that she needs the skills she will have them.

    C) I walked into her room today, and she had sheet after sheet of writing in a notebook. She had used her new language to write out her math notes for the geometry final.

    I just love this kid!!!!!


    I love reading these stories about invented languages and scripts, reminds me so much of my own childhood!

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    Originally Posted by Tigerle
    Originally Posted by aquinas
    DS6ís handwriting has been slow to progress, and slow to be produced, but is getting there nicely thanks to a great effort on DSí part. Yesterday, he tried cursive for the first time, and his writing turned out beautifully! Why didnít I think of that before? Of course itís easier to make a fluid motion than several disjointed ones. Duh, aquinas!


    It is a great disservice to children that most educational systems have stopped teaching children cursive from the get go. Print, with the constant stopping and changes of direction, is harder to produce and doesnít engage the brain in the same way, and itís been proven, but Ąmaking things easierď for children by teaching print first and cursive as an afterthought, if at all, is one of those educational myths that just. Wonít. Die.

    I recall from another forum that parents raved about how well Handwriting Without Tears worked for their children who had struggled with graphomotor skills. Maybe worth a look.

    Thatís the program weíve used. smile


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    And for the gifted who are tired of the printing and cursive practice but still need it...they have it in Spanish too (well except the letter w has English words) so they can work on handwriting in a foreign language.

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    DS11 just bought a workbook for historic cursive. I told him I taught myself and wrote in it when school was extra boring, so he wants to try that.

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    I walked in to DD13's room tonight, and, as usual, she was drawing. She excitedly told me she was researching religions of the world so she could create a comic strip where all the founders of religions lived in the same neighborhood. The neighborhood did have a rule though that the founders had to be accepting of others.... She had a multitude of characters drawn out with information about each written off to the side of his/her head.

    It was like pulling teeth to get her to eat dessert and then brush her teeth. She just needed to keep researching, "Just one more minute!!"

    PS - maybe, someday, this much energy will go into school work??

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    Adorable!
    And, on school work, well, anything's possible, right?


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    Lately, there've been commercials on the radio advertising a national drug store chain in which the announcer claims, "We been serving the public faithfully since 1901". The 5 year old daughter in my back seat then declares, "Daddy! He's lying! We just passed one of those stores and it wasn't very old at all!".

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    First grade 7 science class and the teacher passed out a "Reflect on Science" sheet. I laughed when I got to this one from DS -

    Describe something you did this summer that was science-related:
    Observed thermonuclear reactions by looking into the sky.

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