- boys, more often than girls, struggle with fine motor skills required to produce handwriting;
- boys are less inclined to sit still for the amount of time needed to produce good handwriting;
- handwriting has become irrelevant and obselete with the availability of word processing software.
With that in mind, we have resumed our cursive writing sessions after having taken some time off from handwriting practice. We are doing the handwriting sessions twice a week, using Aesop's Fables for Children as the basis for our copywork.
This is how we have been doing the lessons:
- Tiger reads one fable to himself, then closes the book and narrates it to me.
- I print off the handwriting worksheet and copy in pen the moral of the story.
- Tiger copies in pencil as neatly as possible.
The lessons are painless (Tiger hasn't complained about it yet anyway) and takes only 10 minutes each time. I can see some improvements in his writing after a few lessons.
I would not suggest this method to be applicable to every child. As always, my best suggestion about handwriting is to observe the child to determine what the real obstacles to good handwriting are. In Tiger's case, I have seen on several occasions that he can write beautifully if he can be bothered to. Hence, the real learning for Tiger in this case is more about the importance of patience and applying more care in his work, than about forming letters.
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