Good penmanship is a wonderful skill. Handwriting workbooks move children year to year from learning how to write all the letters of the alphabet to writing words and then sentences. They’re expected to trace and copy riveting prose such as: “Tim and Tom went to the pond to feed the ducks.” If you have a child who loves to practice penmanship, he or she will write happily about any subject, even drivel like that. But since that may be only 0.089% of all children, we try to use a more engaging approach here in our homeschool.
One of my favorite methods is dictation. Though that word may conjure up an image in your mind of a secretary with a steno pad in a 1950’s movie, it is an activity that I’ve found works with our younger children who long ago learned how to write their letters but need practice in perfecting their handwriting. Dictation also incorporates practice with capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
Our current handwriting project is an homage to the addictive game “Angry Birds”. Our teenage son has it on his iPod and my husband and I each have it on our smart phones. Our whole family loves to play it, especially our three youngest children.
|Covers the kids have drawn for our fine-feathered tale of rescue and revenge|