CindyLou & Shellie,
I agree with Shellie. There are a lot of opinions out there on cursive vs. printing first. Even the "big names" differ. ABeka teaches cursive first & BJU teaches printing that is a little like cursive. I think you could do either.
The reasoning behind printing first I think is that it is easier to learn alongside of reading, because it looks so similar to the print in a book, a worksheet, or any other print materials.
As for Shellie's topic of why teach cursive, I wrote this list up once:
I don't use cursive, but I teach it.
If I didn't teach my kids cursive, they couldn't:
- read their grandparents' greeting cards
- read the notes written in our co-op yearbook
- sign their name on checks
- read the scribbled instructions from a boss when they are 16
- read scribbled notes from a doctor when they are 18
- read the list of wedding shower gifts that was written by a family member in cursive when they are 25
- read the greetings in get-well cards while they are hospitalized when they are 50
You get the idea...
And by the way, I tried just teaching ds to "read" cursive because he detested handwriting so. I wrote words on index card "books." I made a puzzle where you matched cursive & printing letters. Just reading it did not
stick so we're learning to writing it out the old-fashioned way...
Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:48 am
We practiced cursive regularly through the middle of 6th grade. However, eventually I went to "using" cursive for some subject every day, rather than a separate "cursive class." Some kids love using cursive; my ds had to be required to use it.
Many public schools have kids use only cursive in all their classwork for one year, and then have them use cursive in certain subjects through elementary school (5th or 6th).
Subjects that are easy to assign cursive are spelling and copywork.
cbollin wrote:just my personal experience here on combining spelling and cursive in the context of using Spelling Power with my kids.... During the time that we were just learning how to form the cursive letters, it was too much for my kids to do together. When they were trying to think how to spell a word on the "test" parts --- I let them print in order to concentrate on one skill at a time.
But my kids loved practicing their Bible memory verses copywork in cursive :)