I have always loved “good handwriting.”  I got my first C in handwriting in fifth grade.    I was pretty irritated because I liked experimenting with different allographs of <a> and flourishes that made the script I admired so unique and beautiful.  Obviously, my teacher did not share my sense of aesthetics!  Recently, I bought my first fountain pen and have been working with a new resource, Real Script.  The first thing I have done in the classroom with Real Script was to work with a couple of students who struggle with b/d reversals.  I have encouraged them to form <b> from an <h> and <d> from an <a>.  Reframing their concept of forming letters from circles and sticks to a pathways is helping them with these letters far more than my past methods of holding up hands in <b> and <d> shapes or drawing pictures of beds with the letters as the headboards and foot boards.  I plan to share this with their parents at conferences in a few weeks.  Hopefully, some summer practice will cement these pathways in their muscle memories and the reversals will forever be behind us!

My grandfather, William Crownover, had beautiful script.

My grandfather, William Crownover, had beautiful script.