ausmerican wrote:HI! I'm new, I'm an american living in australia homeschooling my two ds's, eldest in K and youngest in pre school. We're using MFW and so happy that I came across it on the web. We're on Nn nest starting tomorrow.
My concern is that there's not enough handwriting for my eldest ds (6 in june). There's only one handwriting sheet per unit. He was going to a private pre-school last year and his handwriting was getting quite good. So, I'm wondering if I should have him do a handwriting worksheet maybe every other day? Is that too much? Also, I think that if we aren't doing enough of it they get out of the habbit and it's almost more challenging. He's ready to learn to read as well, but I know that will begin to happen in the next few lessons. Is there more writing gradually as well? I actually haven't looked ahead to see. I appreciate all you ladies with so much experience and would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions. Thank you!
G'day and welcome along!
In MFW K -- there are several "hidden" handwriting worksheets and writing is included on each day of the phonics in the units. MFW K uses a lot of multisensory worksheets with handwriting. I found it a good amount of practice each day. But at the same time, you can have paper and pencil around and let them write words that they are interested in and need more.
On each day in the phonics lessons (that's the yellow sheets), here is the "handwriting practice". With that said, if you want to have them also practice on regular practice paper, you can.
day 1 of the unit: Step 5 -- all of that tactile stuff (salt tray, pudding, shaving cream on bathtub wall, etc.) is one form of handwriting practice. And is considered the worksheet for the day. It is building the muscle memory needed for all of it. It seems like such a simple step, but it is very helpful for working on lots of skills at once and benefits handwriting.
day 2 of the unit - step 2 is the paper worksheet in the student page
day 3 - step 2, with the textured letters -- that tracing step is your multisensory worksheet. I think it is also ok to have them finger trace when you build the syllables and words with on the blend ladder.
day 3 step 4 - handwriting page for numerals - handwriting is even carried over in math and other activities in the program.
day 4 - step 2 and 3 - each of the blend ladder sections has a time for tracing, and on step 3 you have the child write words that are dictated. Some children will use the textured letters and trace, others will vary that and use pencil, some will be like my kid and do both. Some of that will not start until the next unit (T T turtle). But it's there.
day 5 - step 2 -- the drawing page has time to use pencil and paper for handwriting
also on the Cut and Paste worksheets where they can cut the word from the top and glue into the right box --- my daughter decided to just write the words instead.
But after "school is done" -- you can have regular paper out and let him draw, write, scribble numerals... I don't think you have to had a whole other handwriting curriculum to get it done.