I wish I could say the same about her older siblings who
attended a school that did not actively work with the
students in letter formation or correct hand position when
holding a pencil. Both have horrible handwriting (the third
grader learned cursive earlier this year and has beautiful
handwriting - just can't print worth a darn). The 12 year
old has an awkward hold and her writing is very messy and
difficult to read. The final letter or number resembles but
they do not have the correct formation. (like making two
circles for an 8 or starting from the bottom kinds of
things). Their teachers in the early grades did not
reinforce those kinds of things and now we see the results.
Kindergarten (and earlier when they first start writing in
preschool) are the ideal times to learn the correct
formations. It is much easier to learn how to write the
first time then to try to overcome bad habits later on.
I do want to say that the third grader lacks sufficient
hand strength even now to write for long periods of time.
The school is working with him on hand strenthening
activities. Writing in shorter periods of time while doing
homework also helps.
When I taught the younger grades I always worked one on one
or in small groups of three in writing. I sat and wrote
with them and kept an eye to help them make their
letters/numbers. I served as role model. To me, this is the
best way to make sure bad habits are not being formed. The
social aspect of being together with the teacher was a very
good motivator in learning this.
On 2/23/16, Cindy G wrote:
> Just wondering about handwriting.... How often do your
> students practice? How important is it that they have
> correct formation and spacing? We used to do HWT and
> I loved it. Then we were told to use the instruction
> provided in Fundations which , while I like that it is
> integrated into the program, the instruction itself isn't
> good IMO.