Handwriting at Casa Mia Montessori School
At Casa Mia the children are taught to write cursive.
The decision to teach cursive writing was based on research by several neurologists. The research shows cursive writing stimulates brain synapses and the synchronicity between both sides of the brain, unlike printing or typing. William Klemm, senior professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University, states, “Handwriting (cursive writing) dynamically engages widespread areas of both cerebral hemispheres.” He references brain scans taken during handwriting that show activation of extensive regions of the brain involved in thinking, language, and working memory.
Formal handwriting lessons start once the child has been observed to have developed strength in their writing arm; the correct pencil grip; the understanding of the concept of starting point and end; the instructions top, bottom and the movement left to right.
Most letters start ‘at the top’; in particular, capital letters with the pencil being lifted off the page at the end of a stroke and taken back to the top of the letter.
It is very important the children are taught the correct starting and end points from the beginning as these feed into the learning of cursive or ‘running’ writing in first year of Lower Primary.
In Koomal, early years, the children are taught the correct formation of all the lower-case letters and some capital letters.
In Karak, lower primary, the children revise the formation of the lower case and learn all the upper-case letters and begin to write ‘joining letters’.
It is anticipated the children are writing in complete cursive in their second primary year.
For those children or parents who wish to practice their handwriting, please click on the links below for sample sheets illustrating the letter and number formations.
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