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Really Nice Chirography

Here’s a letter that my son Bruce(6.5) wrote this weekend that I will not be mailing to my sister-in-law who is 9 months pregnant! It’s too bad he included that sentence about her looking funny (because she was so pregnant), because otherwise this is pretty good handwriting for Bruce considering that chirography has never been his strong suit.

For her part, my daughter Jenna(2.5) has started writing “O” and “I” on any writing surface she can find; writing paper, Magna Doodle, wallpaper, closet door, leather couch… you name it! We have to be very careful that all of the pens, pencils, and crayons are up high. This is really hard to do with an older brother in the house.

Another interesting thing to note (which you can see in this picture), is that Jenna is very clearly left-handed like her brother. My husband and I both find this interesting because we are each right handed. I’m not sure developmentally when hand dominance is supposed to be settled, but we have been watching Jenna for a long time now, and are 100% sure that she is a leftie.


  1. jengod says:

    Have you looked at HWOT if you want to work on Bruce’s handwriting? I only mention it because a teacher-mom friend loves it, and I made a mental bookmark because I really believe good penmanship is *not a lost cause for boys!

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I use to use HWOT when I was a teacher and it was wonderful. Bruce’s school uses D’Nelian though, which is very different. So we need to stick with that. (Luckily, it seems to be working.)

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