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!
May 5, 2013