How Much Does Nice Handwriting Really Matter? (And Other Thoughts About Standardized Standards)

Did I ever tell you about the time I came home from a well baby check up with one of our boys when he was an infant?  He was off the charts when it came to weight and height!  I was so proud.  However, his head circumference was “only in the 50th percentile”.  I worried and worried about that - until I finally had a chance to share what I’d learned with Matt.  His response?  “Oh, okay.  So his head is average.  Why exactly does that worry you?”

Huh, good question.  Good grief.  As if being in the top 95% of his weight class somehow proved that my four month old was outstanding?  And since his head was “only at 50″, that somehow meant I had failed him?  What in the world do those numbers mean anyway? 

After much consideration, and a few more years of mothering experience, I have concluded that chart, schmart – God makes beautiful babies in all shapes and sizes – glory, glory, hallelujah, the end.

And well, isn’t the same true when we talk about all of our capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses?

Whether you home school, public school, or private school your kids, I think it’s easy to let educational pressures and “the norms” get the best of us.  Shoot, apparently the pressures to have an over-achiever can begin long before our kids are in school – as is proven by my insecurity that my child’s head was  perfectly normal in size.  ;)

The books say a child should be doing such and such by a certain age. There are specific standards that judge what is “average”, what is “below average”, and what is “above average”.  I appreciate these standards in some ways because they do give us all some great guidelines to reference. 

But after having taught in the public school for a few years, and now having taught our four boys at home for over 11 years (well, really 15 years, since technically we started teaching them from birth) - I have come to the conclusion that while a standard is a nice generalized overview, it certainly isn’t something I need to stress out about, lose sleep over, or laminate and put on my refrigerator. 

Everyone is unique, with different strengths and weaknesses.  (Fore the reccord, I am a teribble speller.)  (Obviously.)

These particular “let’s all stop worrying about standards and simply enjoy teaching and learning with our kids” thoughts came to me once again as I was watching our fourth son, now a second grader, do his handwriting lesson last week.  I have tried and tried to teach that kid the correct way to form his letters.  No matter what I try, he just won’t form his letters following the little arrows as his book directs.  He’s not being disobedient, he simply has his own way of doing it.  And guess what?  His B still looks like a B.  Can you even believe it?

Come to think of it, I was also taught a certain style of handwriting, and I also form my letters in a completely different way now.  But my handwriting is legible and even kind of pretty if I take my time.  (Just don’t look at the shopping lists I typically scrawl onto the back of whatever junk mail envelope that is the closest to me when I remember that we need toilet paper.)

And while I’m on the subject, do you know anyone in the world who makes their cursive Q’s the way they teach in most textbooks?  Freakiest letter formation I have ever seen.  My apologies to Mr. Zaner-Bloser for bluntly sharing my opinion, which, in my opinion, is correct.

So all of this to say:  Lovingly push your kids, enlighten your kids, and challenge your kids.  Give them the very best education you can possibly give them.

But if they still make their letter B’s kinda funny, or if they don’t add their math facts the way the book tells them to and they still somehow get the correct answer, or if they aren’t quite meeting the official standards for their grade level in all subjects…  Or if your third grader is working really hard but still isn’t reading chapter books, even though your neighbor’s four year old just finished reading the entire Chronicles of Narnia series…  Or if your child couldn’t spell the word kat if her life depended on it… 

Or, shock upon shock - if you have a child whose head circumference measures perfectly average… 

I give us all permission to relax and appreciate that our kids are working hard and learning at the level they are each capable of

It is a fact that I know a lot of doctors who are really, really brilliant and clearly have fantastic educations…and their handwriting is terrible.  

Or maybe it’s just that they are all actually writing their cursive capital Q’s in the funky way I despise and I am really the one with the problem.

What are your thoughts on educational standards?  Know or have any kids who are spot on with those guidelines?  And what do you think about funky cursive capital Q’s?

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  1. says

    Thank you for this post! We are in week 10 of our first year of homeschooling our 5 year old in Kindergarten. I struggle weekly with “Am I doing enough? Are we reading enough? Have we done enough math sheets? What about his handwriting? We haven’t done any science experiments in 2 weeks!!” However, I realize that God gives enough grace for today, and He will give enough grace for tomorrow and the next day. My son will learn *in spite* of me. As long as we are maintaining what I have planned and add something new each week, he will be fine. We get to the handwriting when we are writing spelling words. We talk about numbers all the time (my son is high functioning Autistic.:) He knew his letters and could count to 100 by the time he was 2. He is learning. I just need to allow myself to accept God’s grace when I think things are going horribly wrong. Many blessings to all families who have children in school, be it public school, private school or homeschool. :)

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  2. JenW says

    Thank you! I needed this tonight. I constantly “nag” my 2nd grade son about how he writes his letters also. I think I’m going to just praise him for his neat hand writing from now on.

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  3. says

    Great post! Thanks so much for the encouragement. With 5 boys, ages 4-10, I sometimes become rather frustrated with…well, lots of things! I really needed this.

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  4. Marleena A says

    I have never seen a Q written that way just a Font that does.

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    Laura Reply:

    That’s the style I was taught. I remember even in 3rd grade when we were introduced to it thinking, “Do I REALLY have to make those like that?” :)

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    Kathleen K Reply:

    And I was just working with cursive with my boys and for the life of me couldn’t remember the “proper” way to make a “proper” cursive Q. Thank you for the picture. I’ll go fix the educational deficiency right away!

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    Patricia Reply:

    About the Q I was taught to do it that way too.

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  5. Krista Pribilovics says

    Awesome post!!!! Thank you for making all of us remember that all children are individuals and develop at their own pace – it is not a competition for them- and that we as parents should not pressure them into an imaginary competition!

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  6. Nancy says

    So I’m sure my son will be a Doctor when he grows up (not), since his handwriting has been an issue since 2nd grade! He is now in 8th grade and I still see teachers making notes on his papers. I typically contact his teachers as school begins to see what expectations they have regarding this, and to set the record straight as to that’s the best he can do. I drill it into him though that they have to be able to read it at least. Thankfully if there is a special report, he can use the computer. A few teachers couldn’t stand it and acted like they’ve never seen bad handwriting before, but thankfully, so far at least, they’ve been ok with it except when he hurrys and they can’t read it at all. I still have to drill it into him to slow down and do his best. I’ve made sure he knows when students make fun of him, that everyone has something they struggle with, it’s just something different than his. He even had an art teacher tell him his art work was awful, can you believe it?! Well, I made her apologize…the next year she quit! I think in the long run, they need to know that just because we have flaws, we are still perfect!

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  7. says

    I agree and thanks for the reminder! A few weeks ago my kinder and I had a teary battle about writing letters…. Sigh…should have read this sooner.

    I will admit, I still really write in the actual cursive we were taught…including those funny Q’s and Z’s, etc. My kids (5 & 6) just recently really wanted to learn cursive so my 6yr old is going through Handwriting Without Tears Cursive Book. My Kinder one can’t even write his regular letters correctly yet, so he is just practicing on his own for fun. Hope it doesn’t mess them up! :)

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    Laura Reply:

    Wow, I’m impressed that you’ve stuck with the Z’s and Q’s. Well done. :)

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  8. says

    It’s the Zaner-Bloser capital cursive K’s that get me. I appear to be physically incapable of making them that way, yet cannot stop myself from writing them in — what attempts to be — the way I was taught. I intentionally eliminated all potential names beginning with K for my daughter because of the handwriting issue: I knew I would never be able to write her any legible personal notes.

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  9. Mary says

    I admire the Zaner-Bloser form of cursive writing. I have used this style of cursive handwriting my entire life. I have taught 4th-8th graders in a parochial school for 37 years now and am shocked when we get students who have never been taught any cursive writing at all and still print everything. They cannot read cursive. Now, in my opinion, that’s letting the standard style of handwriting go by the wayside. This is just one example of why standards are needed or educators, whether at home or in schools, would have no guidelines to adhere to and build upon.

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    Kathleen K Reply:

    Mary, It is happening more and more. Many public schools, in order to teach all of the other things kids need for “state standards” (and now national standards) have had to discard anything that wasn’t included. Because of the prevalence of typing, cursive simply isn’t used as much, except, perhaps for the scrawl on the back of the shopping list envelope. In our homeschool, I have told the boys that we will study cursive until they can read the cursive writing/scrawl of every major adult in their lives. Sometimes they opt to write in cursive for the fun of it. I do insist, however, that their printing be completely legible. And Laura, for the record, not one of my children form their letters “properly”, much to my great dismay.

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    Laura Reply:

    That’s neat, Mary, that you still write in the Zaner-Bloser style. Makes me think of my kind 3rd grade teacher. :)

    I have given my kids a peak at this style so that they will regognize it when they see it (although I’m not sure they have ever seen in in writing to need that skill). We have chosen to teach them cursive in the Getty-Dubey style, Italic – and LOVE it!

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  10. Heather In Michigan says

    My 2nd grader has better handwriting than her 4th grade brother…I should probably ease up a bit and embrace their differences, huh? Whew! What a relief!

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  11. Jennifer S. says

    This was timely, Laura. Thanks. I’ve been stressing over my 4 1/2 year old not learning his letters “fast enough” according to an educator in our family. He is my sixth child to teach so I should know better, but you know, being a mom I don’t want him to look like he is “behind”. This year we put our 5th grader back in the 4th grade math again because he was struggling so much. Best decision – he’s doing great, and I figure we’ll have time to catch up later. Truly every child learns in their own way which is one reason homeschooling is so beautiful.

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  12. Tammy says

    My children went to public school, and I remember at a PT conference with my now almost-29 year old son’s first grade teacher. She showed us his handwriting papers and told me she was having problems getting him to form the letters the way the arrows showed. I asked her if there was difficulty reading what he wrote, and she said no. My reply was, “Why is it a problem then?” I got a deer-in-the-headlights look and we never discussed it again. He went on to score a 33 on the ACT and went to college for free…

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  13. Bobbie Bain says

    Thanks for all of it. I am so glad this is the post that showed up this morning. I homeschool my 4th grader who is just starting to get the hang of reading well. Her handwriting is not the most beautiful, and she is having a lot of problems with spelling. (There may be some dyslexia or other similar problems?) I have struggled with all of the “am I doing enough” and other such problems. I also homeschool my 7th grader who is an excellent student, has been reading well since 1st grade, and at this point works pretty much independently of me. (Some days he probably knows more than me). For a long time I tried to compare the younger to the older. Recently I found out I was doing her a great injustice by doing that. God made her special and very different from her older brother. She is more creative and artsy than he is. This is how we learn to live with other people. Cursive Q…never seen one, except when my kids do handwriting which isn’t often. The other thing that always drives me crazy is the lower case “a”. When you type it, or read it in a book it looks like “a”. I never learned to make them that way. Why don’t they make it look like we learn to write it?

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  14. Kimberlee says

    Two things…if you have a child with dyslexia, writing Q’s that way just makes them more prone to being confused with 2′s.

    Second, I have adopted the theory that (in our case) someone has to hold up the left tail of the bell curve, so perhaps your family’s job is to hold up the middle or right tail of the bell curve. It is an important job. Someone has to do it! ;)

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  15. h. says

    Thank you for this post. I started formally doing preschool at home with my 3 year old this fall and our handwriting struggle has been similar to yours for manuscript. I needed to read this!

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  16. Jen says

    I don’t homeschool, my son is in third grade in a public school and is currently learning cursive. His teacher makes him write everything in cursive and it is torture for him. He is an excellent speller, but has lately been not performing so well on his spelling tests because she marks his spelling words wrong if he makes a cursive mistake. I don’t understand why cursive is even a standard anymore! It seems like there are about a thousand more important things they could be learning. Just seems like a throwback to 100 years ago to focus on this and it makes school more horrible for many kids, especially boys.

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  17. Roxanne says

    I want to stress to parents to please teach your children the proper way to write in cursive. This is very important since most forms require a signature. I volunteer at a Pregnancy Center and I can’t tell you how many young ladies come in who don’t even know how to write there name in cursive. They actually just print and if they try signing there name in cursive it looks like a kid just starting to write. Very sad! Teach the proper way and later on they can change there writing style.

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    Amy Clark Reply:

    I think the point is not that we throw proper cursive writing style out the window. The point is that our children don’t have to form every letter exactly perfectly every time to have a thorough education, and to “make it” as their parents. It IS important to teach them to write legibly and to teach cursive and printing. But perfectly formed letters and reading at age three is not the goal. It’s doing our best, expecting them to do their best, and enjoying learning together that matters. Down with perfectionism!! :)

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    Linda Reply:

    I “print” most of my name when I “sign” No one cares if your
    signature is in cursive or print. It just needs to be YOUR
    handwriting.

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  18. Ami says

    I realized by baby number 3 that I used to think their place on the growth chart was my great accomplishment, so I stopped asking where they fell.

    I also refuse to test and try hard not to compare my kids to others. I’m convinced that homeschooling works, as long as I care and try, so I don’t worry about them falling behind. If I tested them I think it would just feed my pride because they might excel in one or two areas.

    And they are so unique – they can be brilliant in some areas and a complete dufus in others. There’s no standardized chart for that. Knowing we are naturally gifted in some areas and have to discipline ourselves in others can give us a healthy self-esteem and keep us humble, too. But since we don’t test and try not to compare, it helps prevent the temptation to be prideful or look down on ourselves.

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    Ami Reply:

    One more thing – we will continue learning the art of beautiful handwriting. My kids will be able to communicate quickly and considerately through cursive; they will be able to read historical documents in their own language.

    (Could you imagine finding your great-great grandma’s old letters in an attic, and not being able to read the cursive?!)

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  19. Kate says

    They took handwriting a wee bit too seriously at the elementary school my sister attended. They called my mother(an educator) at work one year to inform her that there was a problem – my sister was holding her hand like a left-handed person. The horror! They actually took her out of class and had a teacher work with her on this. They never “fixed” her and she has lovely handwriting to this day. About five years later, the school called my mother again. This time it was REALLY serious – I made my O’s going in the wrong direction. This time my mother (almost) calmly told the school that if these were the most serious problems her girls had, she never wanted to get a call from them again…and she didn’t. :)

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  20. Melissa Wheeler says

    The prevalence of comparing one child to another as well as to the ‘averages’ is one of the main reasons that I’ve decided to homeschool. Kids learn to walk and talk at different rates and it’s ok, but once they get into school, they’d better all fall in line with the norms or they are often labeled as needing extra help to ‘catch them up’! I do agree that standards are helpful in knowing when a child is Waaaaaayy behind and may need some extra help, but they are a tool not a goal. We all need to remember that.

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  21. Erin says

    Great post! My five year old starts all of his letters from the bottom rather than the top as his kindergarten teachers instruct. He has really good handwriting for a five year old boy so we all decided to let it go

    On another note I once had a coworker that talk about how smart they were as a child and reading when they were three. It’s Funny that she was doing the same job as me, and I didn’t read until i was five.

    As long as your kid is moving forward and happy then all is well.

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  22. says

    Love it!! I have had a little stress in handwriting with my kids, mainly because Samuel had fine-motor skills issues, and his OT had a very specific way she wanted him to write his letters. (With good reason – her way DID actually help him tremendously). BUT, then came the next two, who did NOT write their letters the way they were supposed to. I had to stop and let them be… Allan writes a lot of his letters like a left-hander – and he starts and stops them where-ever he wants to (usually he starts at the bottom and works up, which is a total no-no in public school). Martha does it almost exactly the same way… My initial impression was to try and “teach” them how to write the letters “the right way”, and then I realized… I can read their writing, what difference does it make if they start at the top or the bottom?

    All three kids are enamored with cursive, so they will be learning it, because they WANT to. I think the schools don’t teach it anymore, or very little of it anyway.

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  23. Kimberly S. says

    Very nice article. As my husband always says, in order for some child to be above average or average, someone has to be below average and unless there is a major concern, such as 1% for weight, then who cares where our children fall? I have to agree with him. In fact, my older son has always been about 30% for his head circumference. I already know I have a “little” head so I figure he gets it from me. Besides, what does having a head circumference below average mean anyway? Doesn’t make a person less smart. I’m an engineer and while I don’t think I’m smarter or better than other people, you don’t get a degree in engineering if you’re very subpar in intelligence, so obviously my head size means nothing except that I wear smaller hats. :)

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  24. Jessica says

    Thank you for this. I homeschool my Kindergartener & this is exactly what I needed for today. :) It got me thinking that my letter formations have changed over the years as well.

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  25. Rhoda says

    Thank you for this post. This is an issue we have struggled with in our family. Our two children were adopted from a third world country at 3 1/2 chronologically, but cognitively, physically, and mentally, at maybe 2. We have seen tremendous growth these last 5 years, but still in some areas lagging behind their “age” counterparts. Just a note about growth charts–both my children were in the 1 percentile for their age in EVERY area when we first brought them home. My daughter is now at the top of her chart for height. My son, well, he will never make it on a pro basketball team! But, he is growing, and more importantly, growing in the Lord. That is the area that is most important in my book. Thank you for the handwriting issue. Just yesterday, my son and I had a talk about the importance of good handwriting. His is pretty sloppy and at times difficult to read. He wants to be an architect, and I stressed the importance of builders being able to tell the difference between 20 and 26, bricks or blocks, etc. Measuring 20 feet when he meant 26 feet all because he didn’t close the circle in the six can make a huge difference in a building. But I also see that I need to let up some and let him develop his own style. And I must be quirky–I love cursive Q’s. They were always one of my favorite to write and was always dismayed to see people printing them instead of cursive. Sorry for my long winded comment, but I appreciate the topic(s) very much. Blessings on your day.

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  26. Turq4 says

    Loved this post! I so needed this dose of sanity.
    Moreover, I completely agree: I do not and I will not teach my kids to make crazy standardized “Q”‘s. To me, it’s similar to when people’s “f”‘s and “s”‘s looked the same in cursive. It was dropped, because it didn’t work. I intend to be one of the people who helps to drop the crazy “Q” because it just looks like a messed up “2″!

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  27. Marianne says

    I so enjoy reading your stories! I love getting a card or letter (which isn’t often in these days of emails and texting) with beautiful handwriting that some of my older relatives have never forgotten. When I do write, I actually do make those weird Qs, though my writing isn’t exactly the same as the teacher tried to get in my head. Be proud! It sounds to me that your boys are definitely going the right way. All that and they cook too! Wow!

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  28. Angela says

    Thank you! I seem to put myself down and struggle a bit when it comes to homeschooling my 2nd grader and my 2 kindergarteners, all while having a 2 1/2 year old run around wanting my attention too. I know they are learning, despite my short comings ;) Yet somehow, God has given me the strength to go on. Oh, by the way, the letter Q is very weird! I still don’t do it like I was taught…and I’m 37 years old :)

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  29. Lisa M says

    Laura – Life has been busy and I have not been able to stop by and read for a while. Today I am thankful that I did take a moment. This message is so valuable. You see last night i spent the evening with other moms that have children on the autism spectrum. “relax and appreciate that our kids are working hard and learning at the level they are each capable of” – I love this thought and will be sharing it with those moms. something we all need to be reminded of

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  30. Amy Clark says

    “Q is weird” vote here, too! I think eventually the average person won’t even recognize it, because it’s so different from a printed Q. Since most communication is type-written now, anyway, it makes more sense to make a Q look like a Q. I’m all for legibility in my children’s handwriting. And I want them to be able to read and write cursive-style in a way that they can communicate with others. No perfectionism here! I actually discourage perfectionism with my children. I think it can be a handicap. Being in the Lord’s service requires way more flexibility than perfection (except, of course, where holiness is concerned.)

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  31. Brianna D. says

    Well said; it is important to have the right perspective! We need to totally love our children for WHO they are, not WHAT they do. No matter what abilities OR disabilities a child may have, he or she is still equally precious!

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  32. Amber Dawn says

    Ah yes, the quirky “Q”s. ;) I quit writing those big 2s as soon as I could get away with it. They never made sense to me lol!

    I prefer to use cursive because it’s faster and looks nicer, and that’s what I’ve told my 4th grader, who now has beautiful handwriting. I taught her the way I learned (the Zaner-Bloser way, I’m sure), but I also showed her how I form some of my capital letters now, and let her decide. She can’t duplicate my capital “A”s, because they look more like a loopy star… my name starts with “A” and I guess, as a teen, I got tired of the ol’ boring way of writing it. Had to make my name all fancy, ya know. ;)

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  33. Jill says

    I work in the public schools now, in an urban district where we are all about testing, testing, testing. Schools are seen as “failing” if the scores aren’t high enough. I think when the focus on reaching that benchmark or score or standard is so high, you forget to focus on the main thing – the child in question. The score becomes more important than whether the child actually learned the concept.

    And it ignores all other factors – whether the child had enough to eat that day, if they are abused, homeless, disabled, have involved parents, and so on.

    This is why I so want to homeschool when I have kids – so I can strip away all of the nonsense of scores and standards and just focus on my own child’s talents, needs, and weaknesses.

    It’s a crime our public schools don’t do the same!

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  34. BUSY MOM IN ALABAMA says

    You can even look at the way different children hold their pencil! That used to stress me when I first starting teaching them. “How can you possibly write “right” while holding your pencil that way!” “No, your finger goes HERE!” “Squeeze it right there.” What is THAT finger doing!”

    Now, they each have their OWN way of holding their pencil and they can all write just fine! There are more important issues to worry about! :) Enjoy their uniqueness!

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  35. Jeri says

    Though I have no problem with public schools or those who send their children to them (I was a public school teacher!), there is something beautiful about home schooling my children. One of my favorite parts is that if they are “below average” (whatever that is), they don’t even have to know it. They are only being compared to themselves and no one else. To me, that is a wonderful blessing to give a child. We just work where they are. I want to teach them to just do better than what they’ve done. All I can ask is that they do their personal best.

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  36. says

    Great post Laura! Thanks for the encouragement! :)
    I just looked up “What is taught in the second grade” today in a search engine because I was feeling kinda down about my laxness lately with my boys’ schoolwork. I have a 2nd and a 1st grader, and while I vaguely remember learning to read and do math in public school, I don’t remember what filled the rest of our school days! I needed to get some “standard” measure to see if what I am doing is on the right track. Homeschooling has become quite a challenge for me. Regardless of whether it’s because I am unmotivated to “schedule” our school time, or because of my morning sickness (sixth child on the way! Yeah!), or because I feel so overwhelmed with housework and feeding, dressing, teaching, and loving 5 littles, I know they will keep on learning at their own levels, and I don’t have to worry too much about pushing them hard now (keep school fun and interesting, is what I say). Thanks again for the encouragement!
    P.S. My 2nd grader writes in his own way too, just like his mom! But he will be learning how to write in cursive….someday.

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  37. Brighid says

    Cursive certainly brings out a lot of opinions! When someone has brought up the concept of cursive and my boys’ writing, my question eventually comes down to “have you read the Declaration of Independence in its original format?” and then that leads to a discussion about handwriting over the ages and what will it be like in 200 or 300 years from now.

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  38. Sarah says

    Amen Laura! You always make me feel so much better about my approach to teaching my children. Thank you for always saying how you feel. I deeply relate and love that you are so open and honest always.

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  39. Leah says

    Thank you so much for this post. God used it to encourage me.

    I remember learning the cursive Q in grade school and thinking it was strange then and I still do now!

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  40. Steph says

    Totally agree on the Q. I also always found the capital “I” funny.

    I remember always getting poor “grades” on my handwriting–I would get an S for satisfactory and while I would get an E for excellent on most everything else. I always believed my handwriting was terrible.

    I recently found something I wrote back then and I actually couldn’t believe how good it looked. Not perfect but so much better than the way I lazily write cursive now! And while what I write today is not 100% legible, it works. So I agree with everything you say!

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  41. Kelli says

    Thank you for expressing (much more eloquently than I could have) what I have learned a bit at a time over the past 14 years I have been a mom! At the beginning I followed the books, checking off each “milestone” that happened when it “should”. By my 3rd child (who didn’t walk until 18 months) I just shrugged when people asked why and said she’ll do it when she’s ready! Thank you for encouraging the best parenting by just enjoying our kids, not stressing over whether they accomplish what they are “supposed” to! I so enjoy your blog!

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  42. lyss says

    I’ve never seen a Q written like that! It looks like a number 2! I don’t care for the typical “loopy” cursive. All those loops get in the way of legibility, in my humble opinion! I personaly love Italic handwriting. : )
    And seems like alot of schools are going to teaching cursive first, before print! Totally backwards to me. And I’ve also heard of the trend that teaching typing is more important than teaching handwriting! What?! I’m glad I know how to type, but um, it’s not like pen and paper are obsolete. lol.

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  43. says

    I love writing cursive Z’s and Q’s! I think it’s because they’re loopy – they’re fun. :)

    Good reminder though – my son doesn’t make his letters “fall from the sky”…he tends to make them from the bottom up, but they do still look like they should. Maybe I need to quit bugging him and work on more important stuff!!

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  44. Charla says

    Boy,oh,boy, did I ever need to read this one! Just had a conversation with DH this morn about how it takes an ENTIRE HOUR to get ready for the day – and I’m not talking about me ;) ! Our two oldest 7 and 6 can’t seem to move any faster. I get all flustered thinking we are NEVER going to get school done. I had to sit and remind myself that one of the reasons why we are home schooling is because I want them to be young and enjoy childhood. That’s hard to do when mommy is poking her head in the door every 10 minutes saying, “Are you done yet?” Allowing myself to get frustrated is only going to make the day harder for ALL of us. They will eventually learn all the need to know. My heart must trust God. Thank you for an encouraging read.

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