gratitude wrote:For 1st and 2nd grade I did Italic hand writing with my ds8. He did reach the book that had him do Italic Cursive.
The problem with it is very simple. He is still unable to read cursive hand writing from his grandmother or a copy of the original Declaration of Independence. (Side note: his reading level is high enough to read both) One of the cons of the program, acknowledged by one home school curriculum, is the fact that children who use it are unable to read traditional cursive. Thus, I would like to teach him original cursive.
I am considering using the cursive recommendation that MFW gives. What does it mean though by modern cursive handwriting? I want it loopy enough to cross the reading barrier. I have also considered Reasons for Handwriting and A Beka. I just don't want anything I choose to be too much writing with ECC.
Can they read cursive after using it?
I would say it is worth trying the MFW cursive program, but I also want to say, take it slow, and take heart. Is your son 8yo now? Perhaps he does not need to learn cursive right now? Could it wait or is it needed for your state? Not everyone learns cursive at the same stage. Ruth Beechick reckons if you get the timing right, it can be done quite quickly.
My son took a long while to learn cursive writing and also could not read it. The funny thing was, at age 10, he learned, when I had given up hope.
We went on a vacation, and he rode his bicycle all holiday. He came home and started school in January this year, and wrote beautiful cursive. (He tells me it was all the riding bike
Have you seen a sample of the program MFW uses? I found one on CBD. I have not used it, but I have tried several others, as well as my own, and I think it is very good. Will use it with dd's. Try to view a sample if you can. Modern manuscript is usually slightly less loopy, with less flourishes than the very old fashioned, traditional cursive. I found some programs too loopy, therefore too difficult for my son to do.
We actually use a very simple modern manuscript only
in South Africa, and I'd only seen "fancy cursive" in very old writings, or on certificates and such. CBD has a chart which shows the different handwriting styles in manuscript and cursive.
I am not sure what MFW says about this, so I hope I am not going against what they say, but, when my son was struggling with cursive, I didn't make him do all his writing in cursive. Only his penmanship lessons. Then we added some Bible verses as copywork. It was only after he'd shown me that he could write all the letters (upper and lowercase) that he started cursive writing for other lessons. And even now, I allow him to write his spelling word list in manuscript, as I find an extra loop can make an error, that he learns incorrectly on his list.
I hope this helps some,