Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

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scrapper4life
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Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by scrapper4life » Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:00 pm

My son is working through a "box' curriculum for K and I am transitioning over to CM style for 1st grade. I've looked through everything on the site and can't for the life of me figure out what is scheduled in MFW for handwriting in first grade. I saw some sheets in the samples but could tell what all is scheduled on a daily/weekly basis. Is there actual letter stroke review/instruction? My son will probably need some review with this and I"m thinking I'll need the guidance to help him because currently, my help isn't helping :)

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Re: Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by Poohbee » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:04 am

At the beginning of the year, for the first 3 weeks or so, there is a handwriting review of all of the letters. This is when you could review the proper strokes, etc. It goes pretty fast, but you could slow it down if you need to. After that, the child practices handwriting by copying a Proverb each week. You could work with him on proper strokes during that, as well, if you feel the need.
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Re: Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by manyblessings » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:59 am

I agree with the first response. Also, if you need guidance, Google "manuscript handwriting strokes", and you can find charts for free. I personally would not give your child additional handwriting sheets or assignments, but rather use a chart as way to guide him in correct letter formation while he completes the written assignments in MFW.
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Re: Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by TriciaMR » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:01 am

I used Handwriting Without Tears for my dysgraphic son. It really seems to help.
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Re: Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by scrapper4life » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:02 pm

Well this what I was wondering, if I should use some sort of book or something. More for me than him :) I don't seem to be explaining proper formation in a helpful way.

Just curious...I've heard the term dysgraphia alot on these types of boards, but I'm sure I know how to determine is a child struggles with it.

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Re: Help me understand handwriting in 1st grade

Unread post by TriciaMR » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:07 pm

Dysgraphia comes under the heading of "dyslexia." Symptoms are: can not write on a line, forms letters the wrong way, and generally handwriting is illegible. My dyslexic kids had trouble remembering how to form the letters - where to start, which direction to circle around, etc.

HWT (Handwriting Without Tears) is good because they have you say the exact same thing over and over to teach them to form the letters. It's based on the concept of "magic c." They learn how to make c, and then add a short line for a, a tall line for d, etc. I also like it, because you don't lift up your pencil to form a letter (except to dot or cross). I don't like ball and stick, because they have to lift their pencil up and try to line up the "stick" next to the o to make a d or a, etc.
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