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To think I've been doing '5' wrong...

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FurrySlipperBoots Sun 10-Mar-19 15:45:08

my whole life?!

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira Sun 10-Mar-19 15:46:34

You defo have, I was taught that way, although not with a pretty little rhyme! grin

Jennywren2978 Sun 10-Mar-19 15:49:18

Yep that's how I have always written a number '5' so if you do it differently it's not wrong just different. As long as it looks like a 5 it doesn't matter how you write it.

Pinkvici22 Sun 10-Mar-19 15:49:22

This is what my 6 year old does - I wasn’t taught this way either!!

Violetroselily Sun 10-Mar-19 15:50:29

I was taught "down, around, put its hat on" at primary school

DramaAlpaca Sun 10-Mar-19 15:50:56

That's how I was taught to write a 5, back in the day.

stopitandtidyupp Sun 10-Mar-19 15:51:51

I was taught to put a hat on in the 80s . I was lazy and didn't want to pick my pen up again so just started it at the end as I do now.

Pascha Sun 10-Mar-19 15:53:20

That's how I learned in the early eighties. Different rhyme, (something to do with getting out of bed, eating breakfast then putting his hat on), but the same steps.

MrsMartinRohde Sun 10-Mar-19 15:54:29

I was taught that way in the late 70s. I can still hear the teacher, "down, a fat body and a hat on top"

ApolloandDaphne Sun 10-Mar-19 15:56:28

I don't remember any rhymes (60's child) but that is how i write a 5.

Trills Sun 10-Mar-19 15:57:05

Why would I draw a 5 with two strokes when it can be done in one continuous line?

GottenGottenGotten Sun 10-Mar-19 15:57:39

I was taught that way, but don't write it that way now.

Stinkytoe Sun 10-Mar-19 16:04:24

I do mine in one swift movement, left along the top then down and around.

Pinkvici22 Sun 10-Mar-19 16:07:41

That’s how I do it Stinky! I was taught in the 80s and find it very odd putting a hat on the 5 grin

OddCat Sun 10-Mar-19 16:08:16

I'm trying to write a 5 and have forgotten how I do it now confused

gamerwidow Sun 10-Mar-19 16:08:17

Same stinkytoe I'm not messing about with two lines when i can start at the top right and go left, down and around.

HariboLecter Sun 10-Mar-19 16:10:08

Start at the top, similar to writing an S.
DH says he writes his in the same way.

SheSaidNoFuckThat Sun 10-Mar-19 16:11:37

I'm with @Stinkytoe and @gamerwidow! My kids write theirs the same way as me too, never seen anyone write a 5 like in the link

MillicentMartha Sun 10-Mar-19 16:11:58

It can start to look like an ‘s’ if you write quickly in one go. Not useful if you’re doing lots of algebra.

Petalflowers Sun 10-Mar-19 16:12:45

I don’t recall any rhymes, and i don’t Think my dc were taught rhymes either.

To test how I do it, I just wrote out 75 and 25, and found myself doing the one stroke method, writing the five from top to bottom.

MsChookandtheelvesofFahFah Sun 10-Mar-19 16:19:06

Short neck, belly fat. Mr 5 wears a hat. Such a lovely rhyme in my school! grin

PigletJohn Sun 10-Mar-19 16:20:29

if you were right handed, and using an unworn fountain pen, or a dip pen, or a quill, then the point of the nib would dig into the paper if you tried to do the top stroke right to left.

But nobody does, so it doesn't matter any more

ILikTheBred Sun 10-Mar-19 16:21:39

My mum was a primary teacher (retired now). She taught my son to do a 5 with ‘a head, a big fat belly, feet and a...hat!’.

DropZoneOne Sun 10-Mar-19 16:21:47

One line method here! But my 4s are a continuous line too - my 4s and 9s look like those on a keyboard

BlackberryandNettle Sun 10-Mar-19 16:23:18

I do it as in the rhyme. I remember being pulled up in the 80s for doing it like an S.

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