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Scripts

  1. Choosing a Script:
    1. Dominant handwriting script in the culture
    2. Places Used
    • Sandpaper Letters
    • Moveable Alphabet (can also have an alternate)
    • Writing by the directress
    • Writing by the child
  1. Advantages of Cursive Script
    1. Flowing, unbroken strokes
    2. Few strokes retraced
    3. Words are more distinct visually
    4. Used for personal written communication
    5. More easily mastered ages 3-6 years

(sensitive periods, Absorbent mind, tendencies, and flexible hand)

    1. Leads to easy recognition of print in reading matter.
  1. Print or Manuscript
    1. Many stops and start strokes
    2. Some difficult connecting points and retracing of strokes
    3. Confuse b and d

 

  1. Modified Cursive
    1. Usually a combination of cursive and print
    2. Some separate strokes and some connected ones
    3. Some retracing of strokes
  1. Mastery of the Chosen Script
    1. Indirect preparation
    2. Direct preparations
    3. Practicing (by writing, not copying)
    4. Perfection (legible, beautiful, unique)

 

  1. Add Capital Letters
    1. Visual recognition
    2. Sandpaper letters (visual and muscular impressions)
  1. Other Scripts:
    1. Master the dominant script (during 3-6 years)
    2. Add others (during 6-12 years)
    3. Older child interested in other scripts and their origins
    • Cursive Ö print or modified
    • Others (italic, gothic, Roman Numerals, etc.)
    • Sandpaper letters are helpful for all
    1. Pen and ink

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