My oldest three children have learned cursive after they knew manuscript, just like I did in school. However, our youngest daughter is one that I think may do better by learning cursive first or alongside manuscript. There are many reasons why I, and others, believe you should teach cursive early, if not first.
Although I didn’t teach my older three cursive first, I paid attention to their learning styles and have started them when I felt they were ready. But my youngest marches to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t learn like the others and for months I have been stumped.
However, I think I have found the solution!
A few weeks ago a reader asked if I knew of a curriculum that taught manuscript print alongside cursive. At the time, I didn’t know of of one, but told her that would be a great idea! So, I got to work and started planning out how I wanted to layout the curriculum. After long hours of work, it is finally finished and I am so proud!
This digital curriculum goes from prewriting, in the beginning stages of teaching your child how to properly hold a pencil, into manuscript and cursive writing side-by-side.
Just as I did with my Apples to Zebras curriculum, I do not introduce the letters in alphabetical order. Rather, I introduce them in an order I have seen effective in my own children. From the formation of the letters to the sounds they make, I believe this order works best.
In this digital curriculum you will find:
- Prewriting – I have several pages of lessons you can do with your child to help them work on their fine motor skills and pencil grip. I have included 24 pages of prewriting practice. From lines to shapes, your child will have plenty to practice and work on strengthening their pencil skills.
- Lower- & Uppercase Letters – Not only do I combine the teaching of manuscript and cursive letters, I also teach the lower- and uppercase letters separate. I found that teaching my children the all lowercase letters first and then the uppercase it worked better for my children. However, some may choose to teach them together. They are grouped together in the pack, but can be used how you like.
- Review Weeks – Every three weeks, I have included review sheets for each letter. You can use these weeks to reinforce the letters they have learned as well as time to work more on their fine motor skills, work on beginning sounds, play games that work on their letters…or whatever.
- Additional vocabulary – At the end of the letter sheets, I have included words in both manuscript and cursive to help students begin working on making connections from letter to letter. These words correspond with the images I have on each letter, so there are two words per letter. Students will write them in both manuscript and print.
This 154-page digital curriculum costs just $15.99!
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**I have had several inquires about why this is not available in a printed and bound version. I am sorry for the inconvenience. As much as I would like to, at this time I am not able to pay for the creating, binding and shipping of this product for every single customer. This is a DIGITAL product, no physical product will be shipped.**