So, I’ve decided to stick to my guns and go with Getty-Dubay Italics for the boys’ penmanship. I’ve had the instruction manual and book B for like two years now. Just sitting there. :sigh: We’ve started working it in slowly and I’m really hopeful that it’s going to be a great fit!
We have one Super Lefty (8 yr old) that hates to write and an 11 yr old that is the easiest child to teach. Ever. Just give him his assignments and he’s off! This choice was more about the 8 yr old, to be honest. Italic cursive is just way easier to write, not to mention read. They have no problem reading italic cursive. They’re not into all the flourishes and loops of traditional cursive. Truth be told, neither am I! I presented samples of Getty-Dubay Italics, D’Nealian and Zane Bloser to them and allowed them to choose. They both chose the italics hands down. :whew:
Now the question is: How do I incorporate it into our day when we already do so much writing?
We’re Well-Trained Mind peeps. Love their Language Lessons and Writing With Ease. But, let’s be honest, there’s a lot of writing involved once you get past level one. Not to mention spelling and vocabulary, work for Cub Scouts, French and Latin, math, etc.
My plan for now is to give Super Lefty one letter a day to practice, capital and lower-case, from the workbook. My thinking is that once he has the letter formations down he can start using it for the rest of his work. This is probably going to mean some funky writing for a bit, but I’m hoping it will prompt him to want to work ahead and learn the letters faster. This summer I’ll start him on cursive.
The 11 yr old will be working on an accelerated version of this, of course. Bonus: he doesn’t complain about the amount of writing he has to do in a day. As long as he gets his free time when he’s finished his work, he’s golden.
I’ll update how we do with it!