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My daughter has almost finished hymns in prose and still is not fluent in cursive. We used a different cursive book last year with no improvement. I’m not sure where to go from here. She says capitals are hardest. I don’t really want to spend a ton of money….
My children still need refreshers year to year. We are new to CM, and so I have been looking at copywork options, but many do not have instruction. Charlottemasonhelp.com suggests Mrs. Readman’s Free Cursive Sheets. You might be able to search that online. It wasn’t letting me paste a link.MamatotoParticipant
When we were done with Hymns in Prose, I moved to cursive transcription. (Actually, I’m not sure if it really qualified as transcription because my son was turning printed material into cursive.) Anyways, I photocopied the page from Hymns in Prose with each sample letter (caps and lowercase) done in cursive, then put it in a page protector for reference. I required my son to choose a poem to work on in cursive in a journal every day (about 5 minutes). He loves Shel Silverstien, so almost every poem he has written over the years has been by him. (Plus, I let him spend a couple days sketching the fun drawings instead of writing when he is done with the poems.) At first, he only had to write one line a day – now in 8th grade he writes about four lines a day. The first year he used his “cheat sheet” daily, by the second year he was only referencing the capital letters, by the third year he only asked for it when he encountered an uncommon capital letter. Since the middle of 8th grade he has never asked to look at the “cheat sheet.” Daily practice, even just a few words at a time, add up over time, and his cursive is finally nice to read 🙂RuralmamaParticipant
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for both ideas. They reminded me I have a plastic dry erase able cursive chart. I think I’ll let her use it as a cheat sheet and then trace any problem letters and practice them on the lines below. I like the daily cursive work as well. I’ll have her write something each day in cursive too. Thanks</p>
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