Category Archives: cursive

Debunking Pro-Cursive Arguments

On the web-site for Falconhouse Grammar School in Karachi, Pakistan I noted every frequently claimed benefit of conventional cursive. “The Mental Benefits of Cursive” These are the benefits listed: “Ideation, Grammar, Text production, Self-monitoring, Punctuation, Orthographic-motor integration, Planning, Evaluation Spelling.” … Continue reading

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Something to Look for in Cursive

No, not cursive italic! I refer to the cursive that is in danger of disuse. Recently I saw an image online of conventional cursive that was intended to demonstrate its value. A flaw came to my attention that said problem! … Continue reading

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Take Care with Cursive

Recently there was an excellent article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?hp&_r=1 If you are concerned about handwriting instruction, take care with what they say about cursive. Read, listen and view everything thoughtfully, analytically. The NYT article is frequently misquoted … Continue reading

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The Reason to teach handwriting.

Better, it should be the reason to teach fluent handwriting. Please see this article in the Washington Post. It’s what has always seemed logical to me, but now there is proof. As you read the article note the word, “longhand,” … Continue reading

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A Child’s Writing Tool

If you want to write fluently your hand and fingers need to relax. Some have unorthodox pen holds that work, but most are inefficient and too tight to allow easy movement. I just discovered Twist ’n Write, an ergonomic, automatic … Continue reading

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An Advocate for Italic

More and more Kitty Burns Florey speaks out about the value of italic. She believes it should be taught to all children in all schools. If taught well it evolves into a personal hand. Some may want to perfect its … Continue reading

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A Small Video

This small video is not mine. It has  a LARGE message: It is my great good fortune that Dr. Sassoon is both a friend and a valued mentor.

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An Exceptional Testimonial

http://www.opinionatedbastard.com/2013/08/you-can-fix-your-handwriting-in-4-hours/

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Tips to Fix Your Handwriting

Just posted to YouTube: Tips to Fix Your Handwriting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_F7FqCe6To More videos are in the works that I hope will be helpful.

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Why Cursive Doesn’t Work

Advocates of the cursive that joins all lowercase letters within words say it helps fine motor skills. That’s not what I see in recent media images of children practicing their cursive, some even winners of handwriting contests! Students are hunched … Continue reading

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