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My oldest child went to a private school for K and 1st and she was taught D'Nealian. I didn't like it at first but I stuck with it once we started homeschooling and I am teaching it to my Kindergartner as well. Now that my oldest is learning cursive I can definitely see the advantages of having learned D'Nealian first. The transition from D'Nealian to cursive seems so much more natural and effortless than from the traditional block print.
The only downside I've noticed to teaching D'Nealian is that most workbooks and other curriculum materials use traditional block style print. For instance we use Horizons workbooks for phonics and reading and there is quite a bit of handwriting in these workbooks. My Kindergartner tends to write with a mixture of D'Nealian and block print in her workbooks because the workbooks are written in block print. However she practices D'Nealian letters daily and she uses mostly D'Nealian in her own personal writing. I think this is probably okay though because when my dd was in school she also brought home plenty of worksheets in block print and she still eventually learned to write predominantly in D'Nealian.
I use this terrific free website to print D'Nealian worksheets for my Kindergartner and cursive worksheets for my 2nd grader. www.handwritingworksheets.com
Good luck with your decision. Personally I think D'Nealian is the way to go!
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