(Traditional) vs Slant (modified italic, DNealian) controversy.
or (DNealian) was introduced in the late 60s because
it was supposed to be an easier way to prepare students for
cursive writing. Research
has subsequently determined:
traditional (Vertical) style of handwriting is easier for
students to write. By
age 3, children produce drawings that are composed of the
same basic lines that institute manuscript letters: vertical
lines, horizontal lines, and circles.
handwriting is easier to learn because it relies predominantly
on already acquired gross motor skills.
italic uses very complicated strokes for young children. Traditional
text is easier to read. Young children learning to write are
also learning to read. Books and textbooks are written in
manuscript handwriting to children learning to read does not
cause the confusion that teaching italic does.
also found that teaching manuscript first does not hinder
the transition to cursive.
to Teach Handwriting.
your child to write the letters of the alphabet
letters in sand
letters out of clay
with letter blocks and magnetic letters
her to write her name.
handwriting is mastered, use handwriting in short compositions
your child write in a journal.
a picture autobiography or other picture-word books.
words from books such as Cat in the Hat.
your child write letters to relatives and friends.
your child write short stories or reports.
longer writing projects as your child's handwriting develops.
interest by using border paper. I've created some for
you to download at http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html.
Also, check out this resource for creating
your own border paper.
daily writing opportunities but limit handwriting time
to 3-5 minutes to avoid burnout.
track of what you do in handwriting with The
more information, see Handwriting
Sample Curriculum Plan for a sample