Saturday, August 18, 2012

Handwriting Comparison Goes Badly for Mom

In our school district third graders learn script handwriting.They are so excited to be learning cursive writing so they can write like grown-ups.

My handwriting is bad. I can give lots of excuses, but the reality is I grew up in a time when left hand children were forced to learn how to write with their right hands. My Mom insisted they teach me to use my left hand since I was naturally left hand dominant. So, you had a bunch of teachers who could only teach right hand students teaching me to write with my left hand. The results are hardly pretty.

After practicing in some workbooks and just a few days of practice in class their handwriting is already better than mine. Their loops are lovely. Their spacing is good. It's shaky at times, of course, since they are just learning.

Me? I've given up trying to improve my handwriting. It's only a matter of time before the girls realize their handwriting is nicer than mine. I'm sure I'll never hear the end of that development.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My Mom is a lefty and my Grandmother gave her first grade teacher an earful (in 1936!) about trying to change her to a right handed printer. Her handwriting isn't bad, but she writes with her hand bent all the way around so as to 'drag' the pen like a 'righty' vs 'pushing' it like a lefty. It looks like she's trying to hide what she's writing from people.

My brother is also a lefty... his writing looks a lot like yours ;-)

Lefty's also have the problem of their hand smudging the pencil graphite or getting ink all over the pad of the hand. Typing is cleaner.

JK