cursive writing practice has begun in earnest.
we’re using juicy pens with dark flowing ink that moves smoothly across the paper. (thanks wishlist donors from earlier this year!)
we started with the lower case letters, just a few a day. naturally, the letters aren’t learned in alphabetical order, but rather are grouped together by the way they’re formed – a,o,c,d,g,etc., all the lower case letters proceed in this way.
now we’re learning variations of the upper case letters.
about 6 weeks after we started, we’ve moved on to copying quotes.
they also practice writing their spelling words in cursive.
it seems impossible when you begin, but like most things slow & steady wins the race.
they started out wobbly and unsteady, but their letters are getting smoother and more beautiful by the day!
21 years ago i taught it on the board, but flash forward to 2017 and i have a document camera and projector. when zoomed in close it makes the demonstrations so much easier.
i owe much to ms. griffin, who taught me how to teach cursive to students many moons ago. she was retiring and on her way out to greener pastures and i was just starting out. i remember her stressing the importance of having the students make the letters in the air over and over so they would understand and memorize the proper direction of each letter.
it’s a meditative 15 minutes out of the day when we can all slip into cursive trances, especially when we write the longer quotes.
have you seen these incredible vintage chalkboards boards that were uncovered recently in oklahoma? one of you sent me this a few months back, but alas i cannot remember who…
all images courtesy of oklahoma public schools twitter account.