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D’Nealian Handwriting Makes a Difference

When I taught Kindergarten, first, third and fourth grade I was an awesome handwriting teacher! I’d do a kinesthetic lesson, put on some classical music, and turn the kids loose on their Handwriting Without Tears books. I was always a champion of teaching cursive, even if it meant pleading the case for cursive with parents and other teachers.

But as the mom to Bruce(6), I have basically been a failure at teaching handwriting. It has always been a battle ground issue between the two of us, and so I have never pushed handwriting practice at home. His Montessori preschool teachers made a lot of headway with Bruce, and now his first grade public school teacher is teaching him the D’nealian script. Actually, although the term “D’nealian” is being used, the actual practice sheets I am seeing coming home from school look like they might be from the Evan Moore modern manuscript book. That is probably a lot cheaper for the school to purchase.

Bruce has been doing a ton of handwriting at school each day, and I am already noticing a huge difference. Here is a sample from his Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions work from today:

Compare that to this sample of his writing from just two weeks ago:

That’s a pretty amazing jump in skills in just two weeks! I am very impressed with how Bruce’s first grade teacher has motivated him to improve his handwriting skills, and given him the time in which to do so. My husband and I are both so thankful that we live in a good school district where teachers like this abound.


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