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Sunflower123456 Sat 18-Jul-15 10:38:22

Our DD was initially taught to write joint letters, but when she changed schools she was taught to write individual letters. Here previous writing style was clear and neat, but now her writing is very poor with different size letters in every word.

catkind Sat 18-Jul-15 12:46:13

Hmm, did you talk to the school when she moved? What year is she in? DS just moved from a cursive school to a printing school in Yr 1, but they were happy for him to keep joining. The rest will be learning cursive in Yr 2 so he'll have a head start. And hopefully a chance to neaten up, his cursive is anything but clear.
Looking at Yr 2's work, they do seem to find it hard to transition, so I'm glad DS doesn't have to do that. Am wondering about sneakily teaching the preschooler cursive now, she's desperate to learn to write at the moment.

mrz Sat 18-Jul-15 13:16:44

Personally think individual letters in a style that quickly adapts to fully joined once correct formation is established is best

Sunflower123456 Sat 18-Jul-15 17:17:16

DD is in Y2. The school is considering teaching jointing for all years, but the decision hasn't been made yet.

In Y1, DD was allowed to continue to write joint letters, but her writing although neat was rather small. In Y2 she was asked to write large individual letters instead of joining, and her writings now look like an infants.

I wonder how many schools teach joining letters these days, as it wasn't the norm for me.

mrz Sat 18-Jul-15 17:26:15

We teach individual letters first then joined. My Y1 class began joined after the May half term but some schools teach joined from the beginning of reception

catkind Sat 18-Jul-15 17:49:32

When I say DS school taught cursive, I actually mean they taught pre-cursive - letters with the lead ins and flicks in place ready to join. DS naturally moved to joining unprompted around the end of reception. I was initially sceptical as we were trying to teach a child who couldn't draw a simple circle all these complicated loops; but now very pleased he doesn't need to re-learn later to join up.

His current school however teach an old fashioned printing style, then try to teach cursive in year 2, but it looks like most of them don't actually switch until it's enforced higher up the school.

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