Comments: Handwriting Update

Phew. Glad you got that done. I feel so bad for him.

Posted by vwbug at June 3, 2010 04:38 AM

This is how most kids end up with a gaping hole deficiency in their education. Some little thing overlooked early.

Tell him that as he is now older and he "knows" the letters from looking at them, what he needs to learn is more of a drawing skill... back in the earlier grades, when they used to teach hand writing, kids were learning the letters and the writing at the same time. Therefore he has less to "learn".

BTW - if he draws pictures at all, perhaps he can rethink the hand writing thing as drawing pictures of letters. Start slow and work up to drawing them faster. I'm thinking by the end of the summer he'll be 1000% better than he is now. Go Ringo.

Posted by Teresa at June 3, 2010 11:32 AM

At the beginning of the second grade my middle son, Daredevil, had excellent hand writing but he was slow and methodical. Half way through the year he got a new teacher. She told him not to worry about neatness just write faster. So, he did. Now, he has the worst handwriting. Her impatience did him a great injustice.

Good luck to your son. I'm sure he will make a drastic improvement and he will feel more confident with his writing.

Posted by Sticks at June 3, 2010 08:52 PM

I never really learned cursive. I attended 7 schools grades 2-5 and each school was in a different place when I arrived. I can write some letters, but not all. Sure, if I sit down and focus I can figure it out. But it certainly doesn't come naturally or look pretty.

I now do my own combination of print and cursive. I write fine when filling out forms or taking time, but if I'm taking notes, no one will be able to ready it, sometimes not even me.

I'm glad you are finding some ways to help him. Him figuring this out is important...but I'm surprised the school would not allow some alternative like taking notes on a laptop. Considering he's in a lot of honors classes which are basically college prep, and in college we were allowed laptops in the classroom, you'd think they'd make an exception for him if this were truly holding him back.

Would he be allowed to use a voice recorder in his classes? That might help him read his notes and/or redo his notes later.

I personally hate to take notes and get out of it every chance I get. I'm bad at it, do not write down the pertinent information and don't review them later. I'm wishing that was something they would have taught when I was younger!

Good luck!

Posted by Sissy at June 3, 2010 09:53 PM

Looks to me like you may have this under control. Good luck to all. It brought back memories of my active duty days when I was required to "play" office secretary when Mrs. J was on leave. After the first draft of meeting minutes she recommended I learn shorthand.

Posted by Mike D. at June 3, 2010 09:53 PM

They taught me cursive in the 3rd grade. This was in the '50's. I practiced and practiced and practiced. My handwriting is still illegible. It's so bad that many people have told me I should have been a doctor.

Posted by Denny at June 3, 2010 10:29 PM