A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's the Weekend, and I Was Wondering (part 2) ...

Here it is, another weekend filled with errands, youth group events, yard work, church and small groups, and of course homeschool preparation for the coming week.

The response I received to a question I posed in my first "It's the Weekend, and I Was Wondering..." blog post was fabulous! I loved hearing what you all shared about spelling programs, and I've been able to implement some of those things in our family's homeschool. (To read that post, click HERE.)

The question I'm asking this weekend has to do with penmanship. How important is it in your homeschool? What programs, curriculum, or methods do you use? Are some of your children simply neater than others, or have you been able to obtain a standard measure of neatness from all your children?

Let me hear what you have to say about penmanship by leaving a comment. I can hardly wait to read your advice!

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to enjoy your family in the midst of your busy preparation for next week's school.

Day 125 done :)

Jan L. Burt

1 comment:

  1. Jan, I always wanted my children's handwriting to be legible (I have two grown/graduated and one high schooler remaining). Though I tried, I utterly failed in that endeavor with the oldest. The other two had different struggles -- their handwriting was extremely neat, but they were not using proper stroke mechanics and they also were having trouble reading. As part of my research into these issues I've come to understand that proper handwriting mechanics are important because they train the brain for reading as well as make handwriting more fluid and legible. Also, I've seen that children who struggle with handwriting often also struggle with the composition aspect of writing. They have to work too hard -- think of what to say, articulate the thought into words and remember how to form the letters (not to mention how to spell the words!). That is a lot of thinking. Like any physical skill, handwriting mechanics have to be automatic or the greater process of "writing the words" becomes a frustrating and stumbling activity.

    I think working with your child at their level of development and consistently helping them develop the mechanics is essential. Many programs will do that.
    From the TOS Crew....Diane