Handwriting and Copywork, transitioning to cursive

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  • aprilrussell

    My daughter is 8 and will begin year 3 in January. She has done daily copywork in Zaner Bloser style so far. My goal for her this year is to develop her accuracy and neatness in handwriting; she has a habit of sloppy and rushed handwriting currently. I would also like to begin the transition to cursive writing in the later half of this year.

    My question is, would it be best to focus on habit-training using what she already knows (Zaner Bloser) before I begin to move her to cursive writing? Or could I shift her  to D’Nealian style for an easier transition and just start at a lower level?

    The options I am considering are (a) Print to Cursive Proverbs, using Zaner Bloser since she is already familiar with that style. I would of course slow her down and focus on accuracy and neatness as we went along. Or, (b) use a lower-level course such as Delightful Handwriting in D’Nealian to train her hand towards cursive while also taking her back to fundamentals to strengthen good habits, then pick up with something like Print to Cursive Proverbs with D’Nealian.


    Tamara Bell

    I would focus on what my child already knows rather than throw in something else.  When I have decided to take my children back towards “fundamentals” when they already know something, it seems to have affected their confidence.  Instead, I focus on careful attention and best effort, not allowing slip-shod work in their school work.

    We have Print to Cursive available with Zaner Bloser print.  Children successfully learn cursive this way regularly.  The cursive style between Zaner Bloser and D’Nealian is slightly different.  Are you wanting her to learn cursive in the D’Nealian style for a particular reason?  If you have not yet downloaded the samples for both Print to Cursive D’Nealian and Zaner Bloser, I encourage you to do so.  Both samples provide you with the alphabet written in that style so you can see the difference.

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