I have a 5.5 yo DS who is very free spirited/strong willed about how he does things. I have the Getty-Dubay handwriting book that I've used a few times with him. I've tried some copy work with him. We've done quite a few pages in Explode the Code. We are using Singapore Math at the moment, and he enjoys that work as well.
My question is, when do you enforce Uppercase and Lowercase usage, if you do at all? Do you worry about forming letters the "right" way? This is my son: He loves to write in all CAPS. His letter C is written block style (I totally love this--I have no idea where he picked it up either). Whenever he's practicing a letter in the Getty-Dubay book, he kind of does his own thing even after I've demonstrated the steps to form the letter. Just today, I wrote out a simple sentence for him to copy (with proper cases) and he just wrote the letters how his sweet little heart desired. It's the same in Explode the Code. The visual is "mat" and he'll write it out "MAT." He can obviously differentiate between Lower and Uppercase letters--that's no problem for him at all. He just doesn't like to write them.
For the most part, I'm pretty sure his writing style will improve as he gets older and more detail-oriented. On the other hand, I don't want him to form bad writing habits. So, how would you go about this? Do I just let him do his own style, without worrying about the various styles, or do I give him more guidance re: correct letter formation? I do think handwriting is important, and I do want him to learn cursive when he gets a bit older.
Anyway, before this gets more ramble-y than it already is, how do you handle handwriting in your home? Thanks!