kidswife wrote:I don't see any in-depth description of the handwriting cur. in the catalog or website, and want to know if the MFW version has done well for lefties. Thanks!
MFW K or 1st do include handwriting instruction for print.
My oldest is my leftie. Here's our story with learning cursive.
We went with Handwriting without Tears (HWT) in cursive, but some people don't like their style of cursive. After using HWT's books for a while, my oldest then started to practice with the Cursive writing practice books that MFW sells. We took the pages out (they are perforated) and put them in page protectors and use a dry erase marker (low odor) for more practice.
I found an online site those shows how to form the letters. When I used that site then it was easy to use the books that MFW recommends.
handwritingforkids dot com
I've not thought that I'm good at teaching my leftie much of anything in handwriting, or shoe tying or crocheting. Yet, she learned them. Her biggest handwriting issue is that she goes too fast trying to keep up with her brain. (To be fair in that, she has some issues with cluttering and some ADD tendencies and such. So her handwriting issues have nothing really to do with what resources she used.)
The biggest thing that my oldest tells me about writing as a leftie is to have the model that you want copied to be on the right hand side of the page, and let her copy it on the left hand side. And for copy work, she puts the original either at the top of her page or on the right side of the table/desk.
After all of that, I think we could have used anything (including MFW's stuff) for handwriting as long as I learned to adapt for a left handed student in terms of where to put the books and to avoid as much as possible using spiral bound notebooks. She hates having her arm on the spiral. Part of me wants to let her hold the notebook "upside down" to avoid that, but she looks at me like I'm crazy.