Skip to main content

Good Handwriting Day – and my secret handwriting scars

peanut 008Thought this smile deserved its own post!

After a few frustrating weeks of handwriting WITH tears (albeit phony melodramatic tears), I got a smile today – plus a page of what I consider excellent work!

Naomi has been VERY resistant to the idea that learning to write will take anything more than intuition and practice.  She has had trouble accepting the idea that there is a RIGHT way to write.

Gentle soul that I am, I haven’t used words like right and wrong, but I have pointed out to her that when she doesn’t make a D properly, for example, it looks too much like an O.  So her last name comes out all gibbled. peanut 009

(Despite my “no-doodling in the workbook” rule – I’ll give her a doodle pad if she wants to draw during handwriting time! – she drew a “sad face” in the top “a” because, as she said, “we haven’t done ‘a’ in a long time and I don’t know how to make it.” 

I did a quick tutorial, and her a’s weren’t great, but they were fine for today.

Why is handwriting important?  Because I’m a hypocrite, that’s why.  Because my handwriting is SO bad that I haven’t used anything except block printing since my teachers gave up back in Grade Seven.  Even my block printing is a nightmare:  people can’t tell my O’s or D’s or O’s or anything.  Don’t even ask about script… I simply never learned it.  I can sign my name, but it’s basically a J with a tail.  :-)

So I’m determined to get it right with my kids.  The one weirdness I’ve introduced as a result of hating handwriting practice as a kid is that we use a pen for handwriting, phonics, math, etc.  Pencils were used in my elementary school as a punishment for bad handwriting.  If you were neat, you got to use a pen. 

I’d be using a pencil to this day if I hadn’t graduated Grade 6.  I was SO worried it would be on my transcript when I got to Junior High:  “Jennifer must continue using pencil until her handwriting improves.”  But no… I was free to write with whatever I want, and I have never looked back or willingly picked up a pencil since.

Writing a couple of the example letters for Naomi today, even she commented that my h was “pretty bad.”  I thought they were decent… but apparently not as good as the examples in the book.

We learned “b” today, which I’ve been waiting for eagerly.  She is still scared to read words with lowercase b’s and d’s in them, because she STILL gets them mixed up.  I’m hoping that more practicing writing each of them will lead to more confidence.

Anyway, I thought I’d share her smile and success – for a change!

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po