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WTH do kids HAVE to write joined up as soon as they are juniors?

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FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 02-Jul-09 13:13:18

Oh, I know. Flipping results, marks, etc for the bloody school.

I am sick of telling the teacher his writing has not improved for 2 years really as he has been made to write joined up when he can barely write neatly when the letters are separate. MIL and ex teacher says he doens't hold the pencil properly.

Have bought all the various things to put on the pencils.

He doesn't enjoy writing.

I am feeling really quite upset and frustrated by it all and also dreading who he might get next year as I have already had words with one potential teacher for saying she would beat them all up.

TEJQ Thu 02-Jul-09 15:02:40

Has he not been taught cursive writing from reception?

The rules changed in my DS1's school when he was in Y1, back in 1994, he found the switch to cursive from printing hard.

DS2 and DS3 have both learned cursive from day 1 and have better writing IMHO, although DS3 is a bit of a scruffy writer.

GingerIgnoramus Thu 02-Jul-09 15:03:08

lordy they learn it straight away ehre

Jux Thu 02-Jul-09 15:05:45

The whole cursive thing annoys me greatly. We were taught to print and did that for 2 years. Then we were told simply not to take our pencils from the paper until the end of a word, at which point we should go back and cross the t or dot the i. Why can't they do that? You get a really good idea of how to form each letter, and then you get the spelling reinforced while you "cross and dot". It's not hard.

katiestar Thu 02-Jul-09 15:10:43

At our school they do cursive from the beginning

Bucharest Thu 02-Jul-09 15:15:41

My dd has been doing it in nursery!
<bonkers> emoticon, but suppose it might be good in the long run....
Must admit, I thought teachers were instructed to no longer teach printed letters, but to go straight to that not the case everywhere then?

Bucharest Thu 02-Jul-09 15:16:45

jux that sounds like a really sensible way of presenting it! I'm going to try that with dd who gets all confuddled and then loses her temper with it....

brimfull Thu 02-Jul-09 15:18:25

cursive from reception here too

now I can see why

your poor ds-he can't be the only one who will find the transition difficult

I suppose you've tried all the fine motor skill exercises?

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 02-Jul-09 18:54:03

ggirl - tell me more about the exercises please.

brimfull Thu 02-Jul-09 20:27:44

practice using tweezers to pick up tiny things and transfer to pot
operation game similar


drawing in a vertical position helps to strengthen the upper arm and shoulder dexterity needed

more here some may seem babyish for your ds but there are loads

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 02-Jul-09 20:33:10

Thank you.

I feel really worried about him tbh.

brimfull Thu 02-Jul-09 20:48:50

well hope they help and he gets the support he needs

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 02-Jul-09 20:51:50

His teacher seems happy with how he is doing but it just isn't good enough for an eight year old.

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