Aug 30, 2014
D'Nealian was the adopted handwriting program in our district when I started
20 years ago until just last year. It is a disaster for kindergarteners. Not only
do they mix up k and R, i and j, l and J, but their little hands have trouble
forming the "monkey tails" at the bottom of most letters. They just don't have
the fine motor skills for it yet. We adopted Handwriting Without Tears which
was invented by an occupational therapist who was spending too much time
fixing the problems that D'Nealian had caused in her students.
Do an on-line search. There are lots of articles about how D'Nealian creates
more problems than it corrects. The whole point was to make it easier to
learn cursive and cursive is not in the CCSS.