kitchen table math, the sequel: palisadesk on joined manuscript vs cursive

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

palisadesk on joined manuscript vs cursive

The research actually shows that "joined manuscript" is both faster and more legible than cursive, especially at maximum speed. It doesn't degenerate into a scrawl or scribble the way the "loopy" styles do.

Kate Gladstone is the handwriting go-to guru, her website Handwriting Repair has a ton of resources on the topic. She recommends a number of the italic and quasi-italic styles, which have always been dominant in the UK and Australia.

It's untrue that traditional cursive will eliminate, or prevent, b-d reversals and other such anomalies. I've had a number of students who consistently made b-d errors in cursive -- "The bog is darking," and so on -- even though the letters did not look anything alike. Kids with graphomotor output issues have a terrible time learning traditional cursive writing, and their writing always looks like chicken tracks despite their best efforts. Italic and manuscript-style joined cursive, a la "Handwriting WIthout Tears" yield better results.

1 comment:

momof4 said...

If you google "Calvert cursive", you will get links to and examples of the method, which seems like a distinctive print-cursive blend. The Calvert curriculum - I think the Calvert School is in Baltimore- has existed for over 100 years; I think it might have been developed for kids of overseas missionaries etc. but is apparently popular with homeschoolers, as well.