While handwriting is still taught in elementary schools, less classroom time than in the past is spent learning cursive due in part to the broader education that children receive today. According to the January 23, 2009 USA Today article "Schools Debate: Is Cursive Writing Worth Teaching?", too much to learn with not enough time has contributed to a reduction in penmanship instruction in schools. As a parent you can counteract this trend by helping your child improve cursive writing skills outside of the classroom.
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- Tracing paper
Have your child start by drawing lines and shapes and joining them together while keeping her pencil on the paper. Encourage he or to create flowing doodles, such as series of loops or circles, that mimic cursive in style. The idea is to have him or her become comfortable with connecting letters together.
Give your child samples of correct cursive letter formation. Show him or her both lower- and upper-case letters. Have him or her copy or trace the samples until he or she can write the individual letters on him or her's own. Have him or her use tracing paper (sheets of paper with solid lines at the top and bottom of each line with a dashed line in the centre) so that he or she can learn consistent letter size and proper formation.
Once your child knows how to write letters individually, show him or her how to connect them. Have he o she write simple words and sentences.
Encourage your child to critique his or her own work. He or she should be checking for correct letter formation, uniform letter size, and consistent slant. Show him or her how to check letter slant by drawing vertical forward slashes through or beside each letter.
Make continued penmanship practice part of your household routine. Write notes in cursive to your child and encourage him or her to write back. Assign he or she the task of writing out the grocery list. Purchase your child an agenda or journal in which to write about daily events or things he or she needs to remember.
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