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we have quite a few children who go to schools who use cursive so we use it from the beginning. I have to say that my eldest daughter went to a school who did cursive because the head was a specialist in dyslexia the childrens handwriting was of an exceptionally high standard. You could see it as sorting out an issue now rather than having to re-teach them later on. ;)

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why?

 

We work with lots of different children going to lots of different settings ...some need to be taught in capitals only because they are returning to european settings, some cursive some upper and lower case....they all have their benefits and pitfalls. My younger daughter woud have benefitted greatly if she had been taught cursive as she has dyslexia and cursive script is much easier to identify single letters.

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Is it? I didn't know that.

well i suppose it's because most children in my class have already begun to learn writing in print or have been exposed to it and many feel a little put off by it and its a great challenge getting the children to be able to form cursive letters.I get lots of "that's not my name" or "I can't do it like that"

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To be honest, the cursive lead in and out are just a part of the overall correct formation of writing and to develop this fluidity is just part of developing the ability to move a pen across a piece of paper with control. For me whether the line starts in the air or on the line doesn't actually matter as the line is simply an extension of the movement needed to actually form the letter correctly in the first place. When I write, I write cursively because I join my letters! We all need to be able to do this to be able to write with economy of time and effort later on.

 

For some children this will be different - but that's part of being in school - we learn new things! I'd ensure there were lots of activities that could be exploited to engage them in making these shapes alongside the more formal teaching so they can get the feel and it will be less alien to them! Sticks in the mud outside for example.

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Can someone tell me how to do x in cursive, not the curved one like two c's though, the normal one. Do you start the second line from the bottom and go up diagonally to the right to join with the next letter??

We're introducing cursive from reception this year. Also, do you introduce letters in two ways, only surely they need to know what the letter looks like in print, as well as with the lead ins for writing? It seems very complicated and I haven't started yet!!

Lucie

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