I love CBS Sunday Morning...which I'll admit is a bit outside of my demographic, but my Dad always watched it and I learned to love watching it by his side. They had a piece yesterday about handwriting and its decline. I had this "aha" moment when watching it as the rep from Zaner Bloser talked about how they had to change their curriculum form 45 minutes a day to 15 minutes a day in order to make up for all of the other pressures placed in the public schools. The format of handwriting curriculums made more sense to me in light of this.
I know that for some homeschooling families handwriting and its related topic of penmanship probably isn't a big deal. That's certainly ok and I understand that. On the other hand, as was mentioned in the piece one will still be judged simply on the basis of their handwriting (job applications for one). So, for those who feel that handwriting and penmanship is important, how do you approach it. Have you been successful with a pre-packaged curriculum from one of the big publishers or have you found something different? Is there a secular option out there? At what age did/do you start focusing on penmanship? If you continued past 4th grade (when most handwriting curriculums drop off it seems) what did you use?
Between my dh and I, neither of us are all that thrilled with our handwriting. I don't think mine's terrible. It's definitely legible. My dh's is all capital letters in super small script. I think handwriting is important and I'd like for our children to be able to be proud of their writing. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think it should be something more than just this utilitarian thing you need in order to write grocery lists and sign credit card slips.
(Oh, and if you have suggestions for multi-generational practice resources that'd be even better.)